Relationship Between Age And Confidence

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Furthermore, the relationship between age and confidence in God’s existence is positive. This is supported by the Pearson’s R value of .107, which is above 0 making it positive, found in Table 2. However, because a value of 1 represents a perfectly positive linear line, the low R value suggests that our line is nearly horizontal and will have a small slope. In order to find how confident we are this relationship exists we can run a t-test for R, which is included at the bottom of Table 1. The test shows there is confidence that the relationship is evident, because the p-value is < .01, so the null hypothesis can be rejected, that there is no relationship between the variables. Rather, there is confidence there is in fact a relationship between age and one’s faith, which supports the hypothesis that the two variables are connected. Again this only shows the relationship is positive, but not how great of an affect age has on faith. The relationship that faith increases as age increase is more evident in a graph. Figure 2 compares age to the average amount of belief for its respective age group. The data has some variation from what was expected. For example, the average belief for 18 year olds is somewhere between “Knows God Exists, But Has Doubts,” and “Knows God Exists,” which is higher than the hypothesis, which predicted they would be much more skeptical. However, this could be because at this age kids are just now starting to break away from the influence their parents
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