Department of Psychology

Lene Arnett Jensen

2010 Media Events

Creating God in Your Parents' Image
The New York Times 10/20/2010 "In a recent study by Clark University professor Lene Arnett Jensen, conservative Protestant adolescents had some very mixed things to say about God. The God of adolescents is judgmental, disapproving, and unforgiving. He isn't very loving. His supernatural gifts are akin to those of the devil. On the whole, adolescents seem more negative – almost hostile – to God than at any other time in their lives."

A follow-up on teens and gratitude
Professor Lene Jensen's research is cited in Newsweek's "NurtureShock" blog on how it was hard for kids to feel grateful to people when they were still trying to develop their sense of independence.

What do children understand about God?
Newsweek's "NurtureShock" blog
In a recent study by Clark University professor Lene Arnett Jensen, conservative Protestant adolescents had some very mixed things to say about God.

USA's right wing and belief in the Devil
Politiken (Denmark) 4/4/2010 The Sunday section of Politiken, a major daily newspaper based in Copenhagen, published a feature article and interview about research findings by Lene Arnett Jensen, associate professor of psychology at Clark University and Editor-in-Chief, New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development. The article is a summary and discussion of a study by Arnett Jensen published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, titled, "Conceptions of God and the Devil across the Lifespan: A Cultural-Developmental Study of Religious Liberals and Conservatives."