The nature and significance of religion among adolescents in the Metropolitan Borough of Walsall
This research examines some of the religious practices, attitudes and beliefs of adolescent Christians, Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs in Walsall in the West Midlands. Chapter one poses the questions: 'What is the importance of religion among teenagers in Walsall? To what extent is it likely to influence teenagers' attitudes? '. The second chapter sets the research in its historical and sociological context by giving an account of Asian immigration into Britain and in particular to Walsall. It includes a description of where the South Asian British people live and worship in the borough. The next chapter sets out the way that the research has been undertaken and it provides details of the methodology and sample, whilst chapter four sets the scene by giving an overview of a range of religious practices of all the adolescents who took part in the research. Chapters five to nine are an examination of how the religious beliefs of the Christian, Hindu, Muslim and Sikh adolescents influence their attitudes to their inner life, to relationships and spirituality, to morality, to the world of the adolescents, and to the public world. In chapters ten and eleven the profiles of the adolescents are compared and contrasted: firstly, in the light of religion; and secondly in the light of ethnicity. Following this, in chapter twelve, the focus changes to a smaller group of adolescents, namely those who are practising their faith. The practices and attitudes of the Christians, Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs adolescents are compared and contrasted with special regard to religious experiences, to beliefs, and to their own religious community. The final chapter, reflecting on the similarities and differences between the profiles of the adolescents in the four religious groups, highlights the importance of religion for understanding attitudes and suggest ways in which this may have implications for the churches and other religious bodies, for health education and the provision of health services, for the youth service and schools, for crime prevention and the police, for politicians (both local and national), and for those concerned with work and enterprise.