Portraits of American Life Study
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The PALS seeks to understand the impact of religion in everyday life, and ultimately the connections between religious change and other forms of change among diverse individuals and families over the course of their lives.

Youth And Religion

Below is a list of resources intended to support Religious Leaders and their staff. Many of these offer links to additional studies about religion, congregations, and clergy, as well as books and publications.

If there are resources or other topics you feel should be included, send us an email (PALScomments@thearda.com). We will consider it.

National Study of Youth & Religion

Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults
By Christian Smith and Patricia Snell

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Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers
By Christian Smith and Melina Lundquist Denton

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Center for the Study of Religion and Society

Forbidden Fruit: Sex & Religion in the Lives of American Teenagers
By Mark Regnerus
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Additional publications are also found on Dr. Regnerusís website

Give us your feedback!

Through out these sections, we invite you to enter the discussion about these findings and what their implications may be. Click on the COMMENT link to send your thoughts to pals@rice.edu. Where appropriate we will include comments for others to read and discuss. Names of contributors will not be posted, but, if you like, include your religious tradition.