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Religiosity Impacts Finishing College

A new study by Louisiana State University (LSU) researchers finds that a person’s religious interpretations are associated with college graduation rates.

Although prior research has studied the influence of religion on various social groups, the new study examines the association between individual and congregational biblical literalism and college outcomes.

LSU Sociology Professor Dr. Samuel Stroope and his team studied data from the U.S. Congregational Life Survey, a national sample of religious congregations and members, for 92,344 respondents.

Stroope and two researchers from Hope College and Baylor University measured the odds of completing college based on individual biblical literalism and congregational biblical literalism.

In the study, investigators found that college completion is tied to congregational literalism in important ways.

For instance, researchers found that individual biblical literalism is negatively associated with college completion and congregational biblical literalism is negatively related to college attainment.

However, they found that as congregational literalism increases, the odds of completing college decreases more sharply for non-literalists than for literalists.

The article will be published in the upcoming edition of Sociological Perspectives.

Source: Louisiana State University

Religiosity Impacts Finishing College

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2018). Religiosity Impacts Finishing College. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 29, 2020, from
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