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How Religious are American Women and Men? Gender Differences and Similarities

Schnabel, Landon

Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, September 2015, Vol.54(3), pp.616-622 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    How Religious are American Women and Men? Gender Differences and Similarities
  • Author: Schnabel, Landon
  • Description: Are women universally more religious than men? Some research on gender differences has argued that biology leads women to be innately more religious than men, but other research has highlighted the importance of avoiding universal claims and recognizing complexity. This brief note uses General Social Survey data to report gender differences in predicted religiosity by religious category across eight measures. In the United States, gender differences seem to be primarily a Christian phenomenon. Although women reveal higher levels of religiosity across Christian groups, this trend does not extend to non‐Christian groups. Furthermore, there is variation even among Christian groups, with women not revealing higher levels of religiosity for all measures. Nevertheless, there does seem to be a general trend for women to report daily prayer more often than men. These findings further problematize the idea that there are innate gender differences in religiosity rooted in biology, and provide a descriptive foundation for future attempts to explain why (American) Christian groups reveal gender differences in religiosity.
  • Is Part Of: Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, September 2015, Vol.54(3), pp.616-622
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0021-8294 ; E-ISSN: 1468-5906 ; DOI: 10.1111/jssr.12214
  • Subjects: Gender ; Religion

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