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Knapp and Pruett (2006), conducted a comparative study of faith practices of the generation
preceding the baby boomers with baby boomers themselves in the United
States. They found significant differences with members of the older cohort being
more likely to pray daily and consider themselves to be more active in their faith
than boomers. The older group also read the Bible, attended church, and watched
religious TV and radio programs more frequently than did boomers. Although the
mean score for the older cohort was higher than boomers on the degree to which
their faith provided purpose in life and the impact of their faith in daily activities,
the differences were not statistically significant. This cross-sectional study was
unable to provide answers to questions of cohort effect and developmental factors
between the two groups.