Religiosity and Marital Stability Among Black American and White American Couples *

Religiosity and Marital Stability Among Black American and White American Couples * Abstract: We examine the effects of subjective and organizational religious participation on marital stability over time for urban Black American couples and White American couples who participated in a longitudinal project. Our findings indicated that the role religiosity plays in the stability of marriage over time varied by gender and race. Black husbands and wives reported that religion was more important to them and that they attended religious services more frequently than White husbands and wives. Greater service attendance was predictive of decreased odds of divorce, only when reported by wives. Interaction effects revealed that the effect was more notable among White wives. Practitioners should consider the diversity between and within couples and the sociohistorical contexts in which marriages are embedded. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Family Relations Wiley

Religiosity and Marital Stability Among Black American and White American Couples *

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
© 2008 by the National Council on Family Relations
ISSN
0197-6664
eISSN
1741-3729
DOI
10.1111/j.1741-3729.2008.00493.x
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Abstract

Abstract: We examine the effects of subjective and organizational religious participation on marital stability over time for urban Black American couples and White American couples who participated in a longitudinal project. Our findings indicated that the role religiosity plays in the stability of marriage over time varied by gender and race. Black husbands and wives reported that religion was more important to them and that they attended religious services more frequently than White husbands and wives. Greater service attendance was predictive of decreased odds of divorce, only when reported by wives. Interaction effects revealed that the effect was more notable among White wives. Practitioners should consider the diversity between and within couples and the sociohistorical contexts in which marriages are embedded.

Journal

Family RelationsWiley

Published: Apr 1, 2008

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