It is the writer's opinion that deviation from temple marriage in the Mormon culture brings to bear a direct and indirect social pressure so strong that it effects deviation in other areas of the culture. This contention is partly borne out by a tested hypothesis that "Members within the Latter-day Saint Church who were married in the temple would have characteristic patterns of behavior which would differ from patterns of behavior of those members who were married by a Church official or by a civil authority". This hypothesis was tested mainly with respect to behavior after marriage.
The cause of deviation from temple marriage, not the symptoms, must be determined if effective treatment is desired. This is just as significant in treating behavioral problems in social interaction as it is in treating physical illness.
Since temple marriage is so highly valued in the Mormon culture, it seemed desireable to know what effects the high percentage of non-temple marriages. The present study was undertaken in an attempt to find some answers to this question.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Family Life
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Rollins, Boyd C., "Factors Influencing the Decisions of Latter-Day Saint Youth Concerning the Selection of a Temple Or Non-Temple Type of Marriage Ceremony" (1958). All Theses and Dissertations. 5083.
Church work, youth, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Marriage, Religious aspects