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Which of 4 ‘cultures’ is your family?

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American kids are growing up in one of four cultures—family types that go beyond basic demographics—a new study finds.

“Though largely invisible, these family cultures are powerful, constituting the worlds that children are raised in, and may well be more consequential than parenting styles,” says James Davison Hunter, professor of religion, culture and social theory at the University of Virginia.

1. The Faithful

The Faithful (20 percent of American parents) adhere to a divine and timeless morality, handed down through Christianity, Judaism, or Islam, giving them a strong sense of right and wrong.

Raising “children whose lives reflect God’s purpose” is a more important parenting goal than their children’s eventual happiness or career success.

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