USA    STUDY FINDS WORDS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS ACTIONS
Challenging the saying that 'actions speak louder than words', a Purdue University study indicates actions and words are equally important in children's religious upbringing.
   Lynn Okagaki, an associate professor of child development, said actions like regular church attendance and service projects shaped children, but 'it was regular, specific conversations about religious beliefs that gave students a more accurate perception of what their parents actually believe.'
   "It's not enough for parents to just model beliefs for their kids," Okagaki concluded.
   The study, published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, was based on interviews with 58 girls and 36 boys about their parents' beliefs.
   
AP
2/4/00

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