Research indicates that religion has played a vital role in the founding of the American nation as well as the American education system. However, over the years religion has been taken out of the educational realm and is no longer considered an important variable in impacting educational outcomes. Jeynes (2010) suggests that establishing a relationship with student outcomes is fundamental if one is to present a strong case for religious courses in schools. The purpose of this study is to examine the different aspects of the religiosity of youth and to determine whether they are associated with academic and behavioral outcomes. It is the hope that this study will distinguish among some of the different aspects of religiosity, shed further light on the potential impact of scripture reading and prayer in schools, and in some small way, demonstrate the importance of the role of religion in education. This study examined the National Study of Youth & Religion dataset which used both quantitative and qualitative methods along with cross sectional and longitudinal research designs. A randomized telephone survey of American youth was completed between 2002 and 2008 and participants included 3,290 adolescents ages 13-17, as well as their parents. To provide specific answers to the research questions, descriptive and inferential statistics were calculated on the original telephone survey (Wave 1 in 2003) using Statistical Produce and Service Solutions (SPSS) and included correlation, regression, and one-way anova tests. Overall, this study is important for education and has many implications for schools.
Dr. Leslie M. Chaundy, Psy.D, LCSW, NCSP, ABSNP Dr. Chaundy is a Pennsylvania Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Nationally Certified School Psychologist, as well as holds a Diplomate in School Neuropsychology. Dr. Chaundy has over twenty years of clinical experience working in the mental health field with children, adolescents, families, and adults of all ages. Dr. Chaundy is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and is Owner, CEO, and Clinical Director of Thriveworks Counseling and Coaching-Allentown and Reading/Wyomissing. Dr. Chaundy is a graduate of Marywood University and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is also an advocate for the importance of religion in education.