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The Kids Aren't All Right

The sequel to youthful rebellion against one's elders is often a quieter rite of passage that comes later, when you start shaking your head about "kids these days." Other times you wonder: Are they doing OK? Have they known true joy? For the past decade, sociologist Christian Smith has sought answers to questions like that through the National Study of Youth and Religion. For the latest book in the series, 2011's Lost in Transition, Smith et al. examine what they call the "dark side" of emerging adulthood.

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