The Effects of Religion on Enduring Marriages
AbstractThis article adds to recent literature in the study of religion and marriage by examining older couples’ use of religion as a cultural repertoire in enduring marriages. The study includes qualitative analysis of in-depth interviews with 43 married, Christian couples. Couples reported four predominant social contexts that gave sacred meanings to their marriage: prayer, worship services and sermons, first-rite rituals and communion. These social contexts magnify sacred meanings within religious cultural repertoires by enhancing older couples’ perceptions of their marriages as sacred through formal and public recognition of their marriage longevity, lauding their marriage longevity as a blessing from God to be emulated, promoting religious meanings of familism and giving positive marriage outcomes sacred meanings. Negative effects of religion on marriage outcomes occurred among older couples when lived experiences of religion conflicted with their cultural expectations for enduring marriages. View Full-Text
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Mullins, D.F. The Effects of Religion on Enduring Marriages. Soc. Sci. 2016, 5, 24.
Mullins DF. The Effects of Religion on Enduring Marriages. Social Sciences. 2016; 5(2):24.Chicago/Turabian Style
Mullins, David F. 2016. "The Effects of Religion on Enduring Marriages." Soc. Sci. 5, no. 2: 24.
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