Adults whose parents divorced when they were children are less likely to practice any religion, a new study finds. The same study also found that children whose parents practice different religions are also more likely to abandon religion altogether.

In the last 40 years, as divorce rates rose, the percentage of Americans who identify with no religion went from 5 to 25 percent. And there’s a connection: according to a new study from the Public Religion Research Institute, 35% of children of divorced families identify with no religion, compared with 23% of children of parents who were married when they were children.

Divorce has an effect even if the child’s parents are religious: only 31% of children of divorced but religious parents attend religious services weekly, compared to 43% of children of married and religious parents.

You can read more about the results of the study here.

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