Title

Relationship with God and the Word: Faith among American Evangelical Christian families

Keywords

Evangelical Christian families, marriage, family, parenting, religion, spirituality, qualitative research

Abstract

A little more than 40% of Americans self-identify with the Evangelical Christian faith. American Evangelical Christians generally report that the primary convictions of their faith are a strong belief in the Bible and deep commitment to and personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We explore how these specific faith convictions and practices of Evangelical Christians influence their family life and family interactions. The article is based on in-depth qualitative interviews with 23 Evangelical Christian families (46 parents, 10 youth). Themes related to the domain of marital strengths included: (1) enhancing marital unity, (2) resolving marital conflict, and (3) giving and receiving forgiveness in marriage. The three central themes related to parenting include: (1) enhancing parent–child unity, (2) resolving parent–child conflict, and (3) giving and receiving forgiveness.

Original Publication Citation

*Kroff, S. L., *Cragun, K. L., Reyes, J. R., Wilmoth, J. D., Dollahite, D. C., & Marks, L. D. (2018). Relationship with God and the word: Faith among American Evangelical Christian families. Marriage and Family Review, 54, 693-705.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2018-06-19

Publisher

Marriage & Family Review

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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