"Can We Talk About the Direction of This Church?": The Impact of Responsiveness and Conflict on Millennials' Relationship With Religious Institutions

Richard D. Waters, Denise Sevick Bortree

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Abstract

Research continues to document a decline in the number of young adults affiliated to a religious institution; however, most measures of spiritual behavior indicate that Millennials reflect similar beliefs as previous generations. This study examines how institutional responsiveness and personal conflict with the religious institutions impact the relationship that Millennials have with organized religion. Through a survey of 284 young adults, this study found that Millennials evaluate their relationship with their religious institution favorably and that their involvement with religion can be predicted by how they evaluate this relationship. Additionally, structural equation modeling revealed that perceived personal conflict had a detrimental impact on the relationship while institutional responsiveness to Millennials helped restore the relationship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)200-215
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Media and Religion
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Religious studies

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