Religion's effect on personal values lingers among the 'formerly religious'
Young adults who self-identify as "formerly religious'" usually fall in between religious and nonreligious peers in their support of several social values, evidence of the "religious residue effect."
On a scale of 1 to 5, respondents self-identifying as "religious" were most likely to endorse each of the five moral values common to psychology research, followed by the "formerly religious." Those self-identifying as "nonreligious" showed lowest endorsement of the values.
Data collected by National Study of Youth and Religion. In this figure, taken from the fourth round of interviews, participants ranged in age from 22 to 29.
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