Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic Religious Motivation and the Marital Relationship
religiosity, marital satisfaction, religion, gender-based interaction patterns, gender demographics
Research suggests a strong positive relationship between religiosity and marital satisfaction. Neglected, however, are differences in satisfaction based on nominal religious motivation. The influence of religiosity on marital satisfaction was examined for 74 couples. Results indicate the higher the husband's intrinsic religiosity, the higher the satisfaction for both partners. Wives' satisfaction increased as they became more extrinsically motivated. Differences in religiosity significantly decreased satisfaction for husbands. Findings are discussed from the perspective of gender-based interaction patterns, gender demographics of religious devotion and activity, and power dynamics. We recommend therapists understand these findings and integrate them into the clinical dialogue.
Original Publication Citation
Brimhall, A. S., & Butler, M. H. (2007). Intrinsic vs. extrinsic religious motivation and the marital relationship. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 35(3), 235-249.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Brimhall, Andrew S. and Butler, Mark H., "Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic Religious Motivation and the Marital Relationship" (2007). Faculty Publications. 4450.
The American Journal of Family Therapy
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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