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Chapter 10: Religious Transformation and Family Values
Religious institutions and religious creeds in America encourage familistic values. These values stress closeness to parents, the centrality of the marriage bond, the importance of parenthood and family-centered roles for women, and increasingly, men's family responsibilities, as well. Taken together, these religious values constitute a religious culture that reinforces family obligations and responsibilities. Religion and religious values are, therefore, likely to play an important role in our investigation of those family processes associated with the transition to adulthood and the decisions about the timing and route out of the parental home.
Some have argued that American society has become increasingly secular, which can be a problem for the family, given the importance of religion as a source ...