Title

Faith, Conversion, and Challenge: A Qualitative Study of Chinese Immigrant Christian Marriage (in the USA)

Keywords

Christianity, China, United States, marriage, family, religious beliefs

Abstract

Chinese Christians in the United States have experienced unique challenges after their conversion to Christianity. Twenty-two highly religious Chinese Christian couples (N = 44) were interviewed to examine how religious faith influenced their marriage and family life. Questions regarding faith, marriage, family life, and challenges with religious beliefs and practices were asked. Qualitative grounded theory methods were employed to analyze the data and four themes related to the topic of challenges were identified: 1) The Challenge of Conversion to Christianity; 2) The Internal Challenge of Battling the "Old Self"; 3) The Intra-marriage Challenges of Being "Unequally Yoked"; and 4) The External Challenge of "The World's Lure." Supporting interview data are presented in connection with each theme. Implications for research and practice are discussed.

Original Publication Citation

Lu, Y., Marks, L. D., *Nesteruk, O., Goodman, M., & *Apavaloaie, L. (2013). Faith, conversion, and challenge: A qualitative study of Chinese immigrant Christian marriages. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 44, 227-247.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2013-4

Publisher

Journal of Comparative Family Studies

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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