The research in this paper was supported by a grant from the National Institute for Child and Human Development (HD40778) to the second author.
Religiosity and Marital Stability Among Black American and White American Couples*
Article first published online: 31 MAR 2008
© 2008 by the National Council on Family Relations
Volume 57, Issue 2, pages 186–197, April 2008
How to Cite
Brown, E., Orbuch, T. L. and Bauermeister, J. A. (2008), Religiosity and Marital Stability Among Black American and White American Couples. Family Relations, 57: 186–197. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3729.2008.00493.x
- Issue published online: 31 MAR 2008
- Article first published online: 31 MAR 2008
- marital stability;
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.