New research shows that teens who regularly attend church have higher GPAs than their counterparts who lie in bed on Sunday mornings.
GPAs of regular attendees were .144 higher than those of non-attendees. And it didn't matter if the teens cared about the religious or faith aspects at all. Regardless of their attitudes toward religion, regular attendance seemed to be the key factor.
The researchers suggested some reasons for this effect:
o They have regular contact with adults from various generations who serve as role models.
o Their parents are more likely to communicate with their friends' parents.
o They develop friendships with peers who have similar norms and values.
o They're more likely to participate in extracurricular activities.
The results, from a team of Notre Dame and University of Iowa researchers, are outlined in the winter 2008 issue of Sociological Quarterly
So, kick those adolescents out of bed and bring them on down!