Marital Naming Plans among Students at Four Evangelical Colleges
AbstractDespite increasingly egalitarian gender roles in the United States, when the wedding bells ring for heterosexual couples, husband and wife still commonly emerge sharing the man’s last name. Largely missing from previous studies of marital name change is the influence of religion. We examine the marital naming plans of 199 students from four Evangelical colleges. Nearly all these students planned to marry and more than 80% planned to follow the traditional naming pattern for their gender. Bivariate correlations and logistic regression models reveal that private prayer and more literal views of the Bible correspond to plans for a traditional marital surname. Yet, only a small minority of students evoked religious language to justify their surname choice. Gender roles, identity, and tradition were dominant themes in their explanations. Whether recognized or not, personal religiosity and the model of marriage cultivated in religious families guide the marital naming intentions of Evangelical students. Thus, religion operates as an invisible influence shaping ideals of marriage and family within Evangelical subculture. View Full-Text
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Dougherty, K.D.; Hulbert, M.; Palmer, A. Marital Naming Plans among Students at Four Evangelical Colleges. Religions 2014, 5, 1116-1131.
Dougherty KD, Hulbert M, Palmer A. Marital Naming Plans among Students at Four Evangelical Colleges. Religions. 2014; 5(4):1116-1131.Chicago/Turabian Style
Dougherty, Kevin D.; Hulbert, Melanie; Palmer, Ashley. 2014. "Marital Naming Plans among Students at Four Evangelical Colleges." Religions 5, no. 4: 1116-1131.