ERIC Number: EJ860193
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
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Reference Count: 48
Religious Influences on the Risk of Marital Dissolution
Vaaler, Margaret L.; Ellison, Christopher G.; Powers, Daniel A.
Journal of Marriage and Family, v71 n4 p917-934 Nov 2009
This study examined multiple dimensions of religious involvement and the risk of divorce among a nationwide sample of 2,979 first-time married couples. Multivariate proportional hazards modeling was used to analyze two waves of the National Survey of Families and Households. Results indicated that although each partner's religious attendance bore a modest relationship to marital dissolution, the risk of divorce was lower if husbands had conservative theological beliefs and when both partners belonged to mainline Protestant denominations. Conversely, the risk of divorce was elevated if husbands attended services more frequently than their wives and if wives were more theologically conservative than their husbands. These patterns withstood controls for sociodemographic covariates, marital duration, and marital quality. Directions for future research are discussed.
Descriptors: Divorce, Spouses, Marital Satisfaction, Religious Factors, Religion, Marital Instability, At Risk Persons
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