Journal Article

Religion, Race/Ethnicity, and Perceived Barriers to Marriage among Working-Age Adults

Amy M. Burdette, Stacy H. Haynes and Christopher G. Ellison

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 73, issue 4, pages 429-451
Published in print December 2012 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online October 2011 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI:
Religion, Race/Ethnicity, and Perceived Barriers to Marriage among Working-Age Adults

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While a great deal of scholarly attention has been focused on correlates and predictors of obstacles to marriage, little attention has been given to the role of religion in predicting self-reported reasons for nonmarriage. This oversight in the literature is surprising, given the recent focus among researchers on the role of religious factors in shaping intimate relationships. Further, few scholars have explored racial/ethnic variations in the association between religion and perceived barriers to marriage. Our study addresses this gap in the literature using data from the National Survey of Religion and Family Life (NSRFL), a 2006 telephone survey of working-age adults that contains oversamples of African Americans and Latinos. Results indicate that church attendance is associated with a reduction in perceived barriers to marriage, at least among non-Hispanic White respondents.

Keywords: African Americans; family; marriage; Latino/as; marital attitudes; religious involvement; race/ethnicity; intimate relationships

Journal Article.  7209 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religion ; Sociology of Religion

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