We express appreciation to the Family Studies Center, Religious Studies Center, and College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences at Brigham Young University for research support.
How Religiosity Helps Couples Prevent, Resolve, and Overcome Marital Conflict*
Article first published online: 7 SEP 2006
Volume 55, Issue 4, pages 439–449, October 2006
How to Cite
Lambert, N. M. and Dollahite, D. C. (2006), How Religiosity Helps Couples Prevent, Resolve, and Overcome Marital Conflict. Family Relations, 55: 439–449. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3729.2006.00413.x
- Issue published online: 7 SEP 2006
- Article first published online: 7 SEP 2006
Abstract: This study reports on in-depth interviews with 57 highly religious, middle-aged married couples representing the major Abrahamic faiths (Christianity, Judaism, Islam) residing in New England and Northern California. The study uses grounded theory methods to create themes and a model describing the ways that religiosity influences marital conflict. Couples reported that religiosity affects the conflict in their marriage at three phases of the conflict process: (a) problem prevention, (b) conflict resolution, and (c) relationship reconciliation. Practitioners may assist religious couples that are struggling with marital conflict by encouraging them to look to religious beliefs and practices.