Religion and the Daily Lives of LDS Families: An Ecological Perspective


family and children, religion and spirituality, routines and rituals


The purpose of this article is to explore in detail how religion and family religious rituals affect the day‐to‐day activities of individual and family life. It includes qualitative analysis of interviews with highly religious parents and children in 67 families that belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‐day Saints. Findings suggest that for this sample, religion was more than an external influence; it was viewed as an integral part of one's individual, familial, structural, and social systems. This finding warrants a closer look at traditional human ecological theory which suggests that religion is primarily an external influence. A conceptual model illustrates how this sample experienced religious integration into their everyday life. Limitations and implications for future research and clinical practice are discussed.

Original Publication Citation

Loser, R. W., Klein, S.R., Hill, E. J., & Dollahite, D.C. (2008). Religion and the lives of LDS families: An ecological perspective. Family and Consumer Science Research Journal, 37(1), 52-70.doi: 10.1177/1077727X08322809

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Peer-Reviewed Article

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Family and Consumer Science Research Journal




Family, Home, and Social Sciences


Family Life

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Full Professor