Title

Kept Together by Faith: Confession and Forgiveness among American Catholic and Orthodox Christian Families

Keywords

family, marriage, Orthodox Christian families, qualitative research, religion, Roman Catholic families, spirituality

Abstract

This study examines how religious beliefs, practices, and faith communities influence marriage and family life strengths in American Catholic and Orthodox Christian families. Qualitative, in-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 21 families (N = 47 individuals). Qualitative data analysis revealed themes categorized under the domains of general life strengths, marital strengths, and parenting strengths. Findings suggest that for these families, religious beliefs and practices including prayer and attending worship services were related to seeking forgiveness and to resolving conflict in order to build and maintain unified and harmonious family relationships.

Original Publication Citation

*White, T., *Chelladurai, J. M.,Monroe, P. A., Garand, J. C., Dollahite, D. C., & Marks, L. D. (2018). Kept together by faith: Confession and forgiveness among American Catholic and Orthodox Christian families. Marriage and Family Review, 54, 677-692.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2018-06-20

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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