Millennials, Parents, and Grandparents:  Family Transmission of Religion (and Non-Religion)

Vern L Bengtson, PhD
Research Professor
Edward C. Roybal Institute on Aging, School of Social Work
University of Southern California

Dr. Bengston is a faculty research associate with the School of Social Work's Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging. Prior to this he held the AARP/University Chair in Gerontology at USC. He is past president of the Gerontological Society of America and a MERIT awardee from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Bengtson has published 16 books and 260 research papers on gerontology, theories of aging, sociology of aging and family sociology. He has been elected to various offices in the American Sociological Association and the Gerontological Society of America and has twice been granted MERIT awards for research from the National Institute on Aging. Early in his career Dr. Bengtson started the Longitudinal Study of Generations, a multi-disciplinary investigation of families, aging and social change, and it has received continuous NIH funding over eight waves of data collection from families the study has followed since 1970. Bengtson’s 17th book, based on these data, is Families and Faith: Generations and the Transmission of Religion, published by Oxford University Press.

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