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Teens with Faith Backgrounds Report Less Stress, New Global Study Finds

Teens and young adults who come from faith backgrounds report less stress than those who grew up without faith, according to a new global survey by Young Life. The survey of more than 7,000 young people ages 13 to 24 from around the world found that RELATE project. This report was conducted to find out more about what young people are thinking and feeling. Each section of the report will be published throughout this year. The second chapter was released this week.

The survey found that today’s teens and young adults want “authentic relationships,” meaning relationships that are “free from all the fuss and formality.”

“In short, they want to be invited to the dinner table, both literally and figuratively,” the study says.

As they transition from childhood to adulthood, teens face challenges previous generations did not face, the study said, noting that young people are growing up in “a world where they are overwhelmed with more digital access than their brains can process.”

“If teens can’t understand or deal with these feelings, they may develop anxiety, self-doubt, loneliness, or unhealthy coping behaviors,” the study states. “That’s why it’s so important for them to have adults in their lives who can be there for them during this time and help them navigate uncharted territory.”

Research suggests that roughly a third of teens and young adults experience high levels of stress as they “struggle to balance packed schedules, societal expectations, personal goals and multiple relationships.” These high levels of stress are especially prevalent in the US and the UK.

But faith can help teens and young adults overcome difficulties, the study says.

“Growing up with a religion or belief reduces stress. Teens who receive this type of education report less stress overall,” the study says. “So directing teens to faith resources may be helpful. Maybe they’ve become a little disengaged. Maybe they’re accessing the internet instead of praying.” I guess.”

Meanwhile, today’s teens and young adults are more likely to turn to friends (57%) or family (54%) when faced with a personal problem than to look for answers online (23%). states that it is more than twice as high. Teens and young adults want older generations to “be themselves,” the survey found.

“In our research, we saw a recurring theme that Generation Z wants to belong to a community and appreciates invitations to do so,” said Kimberly Nolan, director of research and evaluation at Young Life. states. “Eating together opens the door to let someone know they are valued and loved, and provides a space to listen, ask questions, and build intentional relationships. It’s easy to think too much about building a relationship with Z, but just inviting him to spend time with you can be enough: inviting him out for dinner on a weeknight, going to the park with the kids, having a smoothie after a sports game, running errands together. They want to know that they are welcomed, valued, cared for, and have a place.”

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Michael Faust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His story is published below baptist press, Christianity Today, christian post, of Reef Chronicle, of toronto star And that Knoxville News Sentinel.

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