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Religions 2019, 10(2), 102; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10020102

Religious Heterogamy, Marital Quality, and Paternal Engagement

Department of History, Sociology, and Politics, George Fox University, Newberg, OR 97132, USA
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Received: 15 January 2019 / Revised: 7 February 2019 / Accepted: 8 February 2019 / Published: 10 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion and Family Life)
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Using data from a nationally representative sample of married fathers of school-aged children, we examined the association between religious heterogamy of parents and fathers’ involvement in children’s lives. We further examined whether that association is mediated by marital quality and father–child religious discord. Results showed that greater religious heterogamy is associated with less interaction and more relational distance between fathers and children. Results also suggested that fathers’ reports of marital happiness play an important role in mediating the association between religious heterogamy and paternal engagement. We concluded that religious fathers are more involved in their children’s lives insofar as their wives are equally religious and they are in happy marriages. View Full-Text
Keywords: religious heterogamy; paternal engagement; marital happiness; religious discord religious heterogamy; paternal engagement; marital happiness; religious discord
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