Title

Exploring Daily Religious/Spiritual Activities Among Older Couples: Religious/Spiritual Influence Moderating the Effects of Health Symptoms on Marital Interactions

Keywords

daily religious practices, dyadic analysis, health, marital interactions

Abstract

Using data from 191 later-life couples across 14 days, patterns of husband and wife religious/spiritual activities were explored, as well as how those activities predicted daily marital processes and how they moderated the links between daily physical symptoms and marital interactions. Husband and wife reports of religious/spiritual influence were linked with their own positive and negative marital interactions (“actor” effects). However, only husband religious/spiritual influence was linked with wife marital interactions (“partner” effects). Religious/spiritual influence moderated the link between symptoms and marital interactions for wives. Findings suggest a buffering effect of religious/spiritual activities on daily symptoms for older married wives.

Original Publication Citation

Yorgason, J.B. (2015). Exploring daily religious/spiritual activities among older couples: Religious/spiritual influence moderating the effects of health symptoms on marital interactions. Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging, 27, 201-221. doi:10.1080/15528030.2014.989463

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2015-04-06

Publisher

Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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