Should You Teach Children Religion? At What Age to Start?

Based on the results of three studies, children are able to differentiate between God's and human being's perspectives from the age of 2 years and 11 months. There are two benefits to having religious beliefs. First, positive religious identity is beneficial to children's understanding of self-meaning, particularly in the high school years.  Secondly, family religion can benefit children's prosocial behaviors.  However, when religion becomes a source of family conflict, it can possibly undermine children's development.

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1: "Religion And Positive Youth Development: Identity, Meaning, And Prosocial Concerns," Applied Developmental Science, 2004, by JL Furrow, PE King, K White. (Citations: 147).

The role of religious identity in positive youth development was examined in this study of personal meaning and prosocial concerns in adolescence. A structural equation model was tested on a sample of 801 urban public high school students. Participants responded to ...


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1: "Religion And Child Development: Evidence From The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study," Social Science Research, 2008, by JP Bartkowski, X Xu, ML Levin. (Citations: 119).

Although interest in religion among young people has increased markedly, research examining the impact of religion on child development has been sorely lacking. This study is the first of its kind to use nationally representative data to explore the influence of religion ...


Cons

References:

1: "Religion And Child Development: Evidence From The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study," Social Science Research, 2008, by JP Bartkowski, X Xu, ML Levin. (Citations: 119).

Although interest in religion among young people has increased markedly, research examining the impact of religion on child development has been sorely lacking. This study is the first of its kind to use nationally representative data to explore the influence of religion ...


How

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1: "God'S Beliefs Versus Mother'S: The Development Of Nonhuman Agent Concepts," Child Development, 2001, by JL Barrett, RA Richert, A Driesenga. (Citations: 235).

Little research exists on how children understand the actions of nonhuman agents. Researchers often assume that children overgeneralize and attribute human properties such as false beliefs to nonhuman agents. In this study, three experiments were conducted to ...



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