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Religions 2014, 5(2), 402-421; doi:10.3390/rel5020402
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Religion and Family Life: An Overview of Current Research and Suggestions for Future Research

Received: 3 December 2013 / Revised: 21 March 2014 / Accepted: 8 April 2014 / Published: 14 April 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion, Spirituality, and Family Life)
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Abstract

The primary aim of this paper is to offer an overview of current research into the relationship between religion and family life and to offer suggestions for future research. In order to do this, the paper distinguishes between research in which religion is a dependent variable, labelled as socialization research, and research in which religion is an independent variable, referred to as research into family functioning. With regard to these areas of research, the paper, first, offers an overview of the most important insights existing research has generated thus far, after which some important shortcomings are identified and suggestions for future research are proposed. Subsequently, the paper offers some reflections on methodology and points out some strengths and weaknesses of existing research and offers methodological advice for future research. The paper closes by discussing how research into the relationship between religion and family life may contribute to an overall understanding of religion as such.
Keywords: family research; religious socialization; religious transmission; family functioning family research; religious socialization; religious transmission; family functioning
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