Indicators of Commitment to the Church: A Longitudinal Study of Church-Affiliated Youth.
In an attempt to discover the factors that determine which late adolescents drop out of the church and which remain committed to it, a broad sample of Seventh-day Adventist youth was surveyed. These youth were part of a ten-year study which originally involved over 1,500 subjects distributed throughout the United States and Canada. Commitment was found to be related to cognitive, experiential, and activity dimensions of religion. Ethical considerations, a perception of one's importance to the local congregation, and peer influence also played a part in the stepwise regression package, which accounted for half of the variance in commitment scores.
Dudley, Roger L., "Indicators of Commitment to the Church: A Longitudinal Study of Church-Affiliated Youth." (1993). Faculty Publications. 2483.