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Journal of Women, Politics & Policy
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Using a national data set, this study demonstrates that religious traditionalism and political conservatism are positively related to family size and the interactions between these measures result in increased political participation. Combining the social capital of children and religiosity, these findings suggest that choosing to have more children may be based on beliefs about traditional gender roles and the importance of family in society, which in turn result in political engagement around these issues.
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Friesen, A. (2013). Religion, Politics, and the Social Capital of Children. Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, 34(3), 197-218.