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Religions 2016, 7(7), 93; doi:10.3390/rel7070093

Intergenerational Transmission of Religious Giving: Instilling Giving Habits across the Life Course

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Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice, 210 Old Main Building, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701, USA
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Business Intelligence, Performics, Chicago, IL 60601-3713, USA
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Academic Editor: John P. Bartkowski
Received: 1 February 2016 / Revised: 6 July 2016 / Accepted: 12 July 2016 / Published: 16 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Youth, Emerging Adults, Faith, and Giving)
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Abstract

This paper investigates the research question: How do religious youth learn to give? While it is likely that youth learn religious financial giving from a variety of different sources, this investigation focuses primarily on how parents teach giving to their children. Supplementary data are also analyzed on the frequency in which youth hear extra-familial calls to give within their religious congregations. In focusing on parental transmission, the analysis identifies a number of approaches that parents report using to teach their children religious financial giving. It also investigates thoughts and feelings about religious financial giving by the children of these parents as a means of assessing the potential impacts of parental methods. Additionally, congregation member reflections on how they learned to give provide insights on giving as a process that develops across the life course, often instilled in childhood, but not appearing behaviorally until adulthood. As such, this paper contributes to a life course understanding of religious giving and has implications for giving across generations. View Full-Text
Keywords: financial giving; prosociality; life course development; youth; parents financial giving; prosociality; life course development; youth; parents
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Herzog, P.S.; Mitchell, S. Intergenerational Transmission of Religious Giving: Instilling Giving Habits across the Life Course. Religions 2016, 7, 93.

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