Religious Affiliation and Commitment

Arland Thornton, William G. Axinn and Yu Xie

in Marriage and Cohabitation

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780226798660
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226798684 | DOI:
Religious Affiliation and Commitment

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This chapter compares the effects of paternal and maternal religious activity on children's union-formation experience, asking explicitly whether mothers or fathers influence their children the most. It also compares the effects of parents' religiosity early in a child's life with the effects of parental religiosity when the child is a teenager and making decisions about dating, intimacy, and living arrangements. The chapter introduces indicators of the children's religious commitment, examining the extent to which their participation in religious services, evaluation of the importance of religion in their lives, and belief in the validity and reliability of religious texts affect their experience in marriage and cohabitation. It also compares the effects of children's religiosity to the effects of similar maternal religiosity factors.

Keywords: religiosity; union formation; parents; religion; marriage; cohabitation; dating; intimacy; living arrangements; religious services

Chapter.  5487 words. 

Subjects: Population and Demography

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