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By the Numbers: Role of Religion

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Regular attendance at religious services declined among high school seniors from 1976 to 1994, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. However, the percent of seniors who said religion plays a very important role in their lives remained steady.

Black seniors, the statistics show, were nearly twice as likely as whites to place such importance on religion.



Regular (Weekly) Religious Attendance

1976 1994
41 32



Religion Plays a "Very Important" Role

1976 1994
51 49
29 30
26 26

SOURCE: Trends in the Well-Being of America's Children and Youth: 1996, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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