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Survey reveals women more religious than men


A survey of young Irish adults shows women's religious beliefs seem to be of a higher quality than those of men and that they have more demanding moral standards.

The survey of third level educated Irish adults between the ages of 20 and 35 provides data showing that their religious beliefs seem to be of a higher quality than those of men and that they have more demanding moral standards. It also shows that they tend to be more relational.

It suggests that the religious edge which women seem to have is based on their marked orientation towards interdependence. The survey results confirm that women are more comfortable in relationships.

It showed that mothers massively outweighed fathers in their ability to communicate love to their children in early life and even as young adults. Mother's love was perceived to be strong or very strong by 93% of the respondents while fathers' love received support from 78%.

This difference also showed up around communication. 71% said they could communicate easily or very easily with their mothers while only 49% said so regarding their fathers.

Then as adults when asked what would most enhance their lives 57% of young women said friendship and a loving marriage relationship, while only 43% of young men said so.

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Catholic Weekly



14 Jun 2002