It was hypothesized by Olson and his colleagues (Olson, et al., 1983) that "Mormons" were more likely to be enmeshed than many other cultural/religious groups. The purpose of this study was to determine if individuals affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) scored significantly more often in the enmeshed category of the cohesion dimension of the Circumplex Model, using FACES III data, than the norming sample for the FACES III instrument. The study also examined the level of satisfaction that the Mormon sample expressed for their level of cohesion. Data from 61 L.D.S. married couples living in the three major urban counties of Utah were compared to the FACES III norming sample using chi-square and t-test procedures. The L.D.S. sample scored significantly more often in the enmeshed category than the norming sample, both for individual and couple mean scores. Those L.D.S. couples in the enmeshed category were significantly more satisfied with their level of cohesion than those in the lower categories of cohesion.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Family Life
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Glenn, Joe Edgar, "Cohesion in a Utah Sample of Latter-Day Saint Couples" (1988). All Theses and Dissertations. 4718.
Family, Research, Family life surveys, Utah, Mormon families