Are religious teens better behaved?

When my teenage nephew came to visit for a few weeks I braced myself for potential confrontations. I expected him to behave like other teens his age - noisy, rude and with little regard for safety rules.

After discussing the chores he was expected to carry out, I was surprised to discover that my nephew was a well adjusted and responsible young man. He was the complete opposite of my neighbour’s teenagers. My friends even commented on his good behaviour.

There was no doubt that my brother had done a good job in raising him, but my nephew was also deeply religious and I was left wondering if religious teens are generally better behaved than their non-religious counterparts.

The comparison

I’ve spent a lot of time around both religious and non-religious youths. Although I’ve seen many non-religious teens that are behaved I’ve come to the conclusion that it is religious teens who are generally better behaved.

The Christian teens I am constantly in touch with do not smoke or utter expletives or participate in other self-destructive behaviour. And where I live it is mainly the non-religious youths who are likely to get involved in negative behaviour.

Studies have also shown that religious youths are generally less prone to abuse alcohol and more likely to abstain from sex.

This reminded me of my childhood where I was raised in a fairly religious environment and that helped to protect me from many mistakes common to youths. I never experimented with drugs or ever got drunk. When my parents were not around, my religious beliefs were there to guide me.

As I witnessed my nephew read his Bible every day and tell me that he does not listen to music that features strong language, I was convinced that it wouldn’t be a bad idea to raise a religious child.

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