Keywords

religion, volunteering, marriage

Abstract

Married people are generally more religious and do volunteer work more frequently than unmarried people. However, little is known about which religious characteristics or domains predict volunteering behaviors among married couples. Using data from a U.S. national sample of heterosexual married couples, we examine which aspects of couples’ religiosity predicted husbands’ and wives’ reports of volunteering. Results from actor-partner interdependence models indicated that performing religious observances in the home was associated with wives’ reports of volunteering. Attending religious services regularly with one’s spouse was associated with higher levels of volunteering for both wives and husbands. Other domains of religiosity, such as marital sanctification and co-religionist networks, were not associated with volunteering when other religious variables were in the model.

Original Publication Citation

Kim, Y., & Dew, J. P. (2019). Religion and volunteering in marital relationships. Review of Religious Research, 61(4), 323–340.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2019-08-13

Publisher

Review of Religious Research

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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