Religious Practice and Educational Attainment

By Patrick F. Fagan

Family Research Council, September 2010

The author argues that religious practice has a positive influence on educational performance. Families that share religious involvement, and parents who have stable marriages, inculcate good values and expectations in their children. The author states that indirect positive effects of religious practice help students to:
• Internalize values and norms that help achievement,
• Foster high personal expectations, internal locus of control, productive
routines, and
• Avoid socially deviant behavior.

Topic: Education, Family, Religion, Values

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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