This study focused upon differences between L.D.S. temple and L.D.S. non-temple marriages (which was used as a measure of religious commitment) with respect to divorce rate, and the relationship of occupational level and bride's age at marriage to divorce rate.
A total of 419 couples were involved in the study. They were all married in 1955, had been born in Utah, and were residing in Utah at the time of marriage. Temple and non-temple marriages were equated for occupational level at the time of marriage. By 1968, the L.D.S. temple married couples tended to be higher in occupational level.
Significant differences were found between couples with temple marriages and those with non-temple marriages: the divorce rate was lower and the negative relationship between occupational level and bride's age at marriage and divorce rate was far less pronounced for the temple marriages. The occupational level that was found to be most useful was the 1968 level.
Couples of their parents were contacted by telephone to obtain data used in this thesis.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Family Life
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Steed, Seymour P., "A Study of Divorce Rates for Temple and Non-Temple Marriages According to Occupational Status and Age at Marriage" (1969). Theses and Dissertations. 5137.
Divorce, Mormon families