Children of divorce ‘less religious’

Family | 28 Sep 2016 0

Children whose parents divorce are more likely to grow up indifferent to religion, a US research group has claimed.

According to the Washington DC-based Pubic Religion Research Institute, 35 per cent of American adults whose parents had divorced describe themselves as having no religion, compared to only 23 per cent of those whose parents remained married.

Overall, around 25 per cent of the US population now describe themselves as irreligious – a steep rise from the five per cent who made the same claim in 1972.

Those children of divorce who retained an interest in religion when they grew up were still noticeably less religious than others, the report adds: only 31 per cent said they went to church services or the equivalent every week. By contrast, 43 per cent of religious people whose parents stayed together said they did so.

The majority of non-religious adults – a decisive 60 per cent – said they had simply drifted away from the family faith and no longer believed its teachings. Others, however, cited more specific reasons – 29 per cent said they had rejected their church’s view of lesbian and gay people while 19 per cent said the decisive factor was child abuse by members of the clergy.

Meanwhile, the report says, children raised by parents who two different religions are also more likely to abandon both faiths in adulthood.

The report was entitled Exodus – Why Americans are Leaving Religion – and Why They’re Unlikely to Come Back. Read it here.

The blog team at Stowe is a group of writers who share their advice on the wellbeing and emotional aspects of divorce or separation from personal experience. Guest contributors also regularly contribute to share their knowledge.

Share This Post...

Get in touch

    Request Free Call Back

    We remain open for business during the COVID-19 outbreak. Submit your details below, and we’ll arrange a free, no-obligation call back at a time to suit you. To ensure we are the right fit, we need to make you aware that we cannot offer Legal aid.

    Leave a Reply


    Newsletter Sign Up

    For all the latest news from Stowe Family law
    please sign up for instant access today.

      Privacy Policy