Alienation from Religion in Church-Related Adolescents


  • Roger L. Dudley
  • C. Robert Laurent


This research paper explores the relationships between alienation from religion and other selected variables among church-related adolescents. The sample consists of 390 high school students attending three youth conferences sponsored by Protestant judicatories. The teenagers completed the Youth Perceptual Inventory, which included a scale to measure religious alienation and seventeen other scales to measure the independent variables. While most of the adolescents did not appear to be highly alienated, there was a wide range in the alienation scores. Multiple regression revealed that religious alienation in teenagers is highly related (R = .76) to the quality of their relationships with pastors and parents as well as to opportunities for church involvement, their own self-concepts, and the influence of peer groups and the media. All but one of the research hypotheses were supported, but pastoral and church influences ranked considerably higher than parent and home influences.