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ERIC Number: EJ926157
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
ISSN: ISSN-0192-513X
Praying for Mr. Right? Religion, Family Background, and Marital Expectations among College Women
Ellison, Christopher G.; Burdette, Amy M.; Glenn, Norval D.
Journal of Family Issues, v32 n7 p906-931 Jul 2011
This study explores the relationship between multiple aspects of religious involvement--affiliation, church attendance, subjective religiosity--and marital expectations among college women. In addition, the authors investigate whether religious involvement mediates the link between family background and marital expectations. These issues are addressed using data from a nationally representative sample of approximately 1,000 college women surveyed in 2000. Results indicate that the importance of marriage as a personal goal is positively associated with subjective religiosity. The estimated net effects of subjective religiosity are also stronger for women in two-parent families versus those in other family structures. Conservative Protestant women anticipate marrying earlier than others; church attendance and subjective religiosity are also positively related to expectation of earlier marriage. These associations are not contingent on family background. A number of implications and directions for future research are discussed. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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