Religion, Marital Happiness, and Divorce

  • Kunz P
  • Albrecht S
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The impact of religious behavior on marital stability is assessed by examining a range of indicators of marital status and staisfaction. It has often been argued in the literature that while the religiously active are less likely to divorce because of value proscriptions, this does not necessarily mean that they have happier marriages. Permanence of marriage may be considered more important than individual happiness. However, we find religious activity to be strongly related to a range of indicators of marital happiness - absence of divorce, willingness to marry the same spouse again, and absence of disagreement over a range of marital roles. For teh sample studied, then, religious activity is a good predictor of response on the marital variables.

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  • Philip R. Kunz

  • Stan L. Albrecht

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