Department of Sociology, 1 University Station A1700, University of Texas–Austin, Austin, TX 78712-0118 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sanctification, Stress, and Marital Quality
Article first published online: 1 SEP 2011
© 2011 by the National Council on Family Relations
Volume 60, Issue 4, pages 404–420, October 2011
How to Cite
Ellison, C. G., Henderson, A. K., Glenn, N. D. and Harkrider, K. E. (2011), Sanctification, Stress, and Marital Quality. Family Relations, 60: 404–420. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3729.2011.00658.x
Department of Sociology, The University of Texas–Austin, Austin, TX 78712.
Department of Sociology, 1032 West Sheridan Road, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL 60660.
- Issue published online: 1 SEP 2011
- Article first published online: 1 SEP 2011
- family stress;
- marital quality;
This article contributes to recent work investigating the role of religious sanctification, that is, the process via which one's spouse or marital relationship is perceived as having divine character or sacred significance. We outline a series of theoretical arguments linking marital sanctification with specific aspects of marital quality. A recent probability sample of Texas adults is used to gauge the links between general religiousness, marital sanctification, and marital quality and functioning. Key findings include the following: (1) General religiousness bears a weak link with marital outcomes; (2) sanctification strongly predicts desirable marital outcomes; and (3) sanctification appears to buffer the deleterious effects of financial and general stress on marital quality. Study limitations and practical implications are discussed, and promising directions for future research are identified.