Keywords

religion, spirituality, parenting, marriage, health

Abstract

This paper presents a review of research addressing religion and family relational health. Strengths of the extant data include the correlation of three dimensions of religious experience (religious practices, religious beliefs, and religious community) with certain aspects of mother–child, father–child, and marital relationships and specific connections between the three dimensions of religious experience and family relationships are identified. Key weaknesses in the research at present include a paucity of research examining the hows, whys, and processes involved behind identified religion–family correlations and a lack of data on non-nuclear families, families of color, interfaith families, and non-Christian religions including Judaism and Islam. Implications for clinical practice and recommendations for future research are offered.

Original Publication Citation

Marks, L. D. (2006). Religion and family relational health: An overview and conceptual model. Journal of Religion and Health, 45, 603-618.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2006-08-10

Publisher

Journal of Religion and Health

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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