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Study says family breakdowns worry youth most


(BP) — Family breakdowns leave a void that many youth today are looking to fill with spirituality, a pastor told the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune in conjunction with a study that found the issue that most concerns young people today is the lack of a harmonious home.

“This generation is deeply marred by family breakdown,” Efrem Smith of Sanctuary Covenant Church, a multiethnic congregation in Minneapolis, told the Star Tribune.

He added that many youth are victims of out-of-wedlock childbearing and divorce and even children in intact homes feel neglected because of parents’ busy schedules.

“Kids understand that a strong, loving family is the core, the base, of what it takes to develop a moral compass, a sense of purpose, an identity,” Smith said.

With no moral compass or guidance at home, many youth are open to letting that void be filled by spirituality, Smith told the newspaper.

They’re hungry for God because they’re hurting, he has found.

The study, conducted by New America Media, examined the hopes and fears of people ages 16-22 in California, a state that is home to 1 in 8 of the nation’s youth, the Star Tribune said.

Almost 90 percent of the youth said they hoped to get married and have children themselves, and almost three-fourths said religion and spirituality are important to them.