The Shield of Faith: The Power of Religion in the Lives of LDS Youth and Young Adults

by Richard J. McClendon, Brent L. Top, Bruce Chadwick

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Many scholars have claimed that religion has little or no effect on the lives of young people. Some even assert that religion is harmful to teens and young adults. The authors undertook a groundbreaking study, spanning 17 years and three countries, to determine what role religion plays in the lives of LDS youth. This important study shows that religion is a meaningful, positive force in the lives of LDS teens and young adults. It can help provide them with tools they need to fashion a shield of faith.

  • Demonstrates that youth who are highly religious are less prone to delinquent behavior and more likely to resist peer pressure and to excel in school
  • Each chapter examines a different aspect of youths' religiosity and how it affects other aspects o their lives: academic achievement, mental health, self-esteem, family relationships, missionary service, and standards of sexual behavior.

About the Authors

Richard J. McClendon

Richard J. McClendon is associate director of Institutional Assessment and Analysis at BYU. He has also taught in the department of sociology, where his research emphasis is on LDS returned missionaries, families, and education.

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Brent L. Top

Brent L. Top is dean of Religious Education and former chair of Church history and doctrine at BYU. Brother Top has written numerous books, including coauthoring LDS Beliefs: A Doctrinal Reference, and is a popular speaker at BYU Education Week. He served as mission president of the Illinois Peoria Mission and is currently serving as a stake president. Brent and his wife, Wendy, are the parents of four children and live in Pleasant Grove, Utah.

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Bruce Chadwick

Bruce A. Chadwick, a professor emeritus in the department of sociology at Brigham Young University, is a former director of the Center for the Studies of the Family at BYU. He has received the prestigious Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Research Award, and has published numerous books and articles on family and sociological issues.

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