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Maintaining the Faith during College: A Study of Campus Religious Group Participation

Gary E. Madsen and Glenn M. Vernon
Review of Religious Research
Vol. 25, No. 2 (Dec., 1983), pp. 127-141
DOI: 10.2307/3511490
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3511490
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Abstract

A four year longitudinal study of religious stability and change in a sample of college students (primarily University of Utah) supported previous research indicating that students generally become less religiously orthodox during college. The scales used were developed by Faulkner and DeJong and Thurstone and Chave. Campus religious group participation was found to be an important variable related to stability and change. Students who joined campus religious organizations were religiously more homogeneous and more orthodox upon entering college than those who did not join campus religious organizations. The college experience was related to a further accentuation of the initial difference in orthodoxy. Religious group participants tended to increase while the nonparticipants tended to decrease. The data also indicate college friendships are linked to campus religious organizations, suggesting the importance of peer as well as organizational support for religious maintenance.

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