A Conceptual Model of Family and Religious Processes in Highly Religious Families
race, religion, family, prayer, conflict resolution
In-depth qualitative interviews were conducted with a national sample of 74 racially and religiously diverse highly religious families. We present a research-based conceptual model of the processes at work in these families as they strive together to fulfill the sacred purposes suggested by their respective faiths. Identified processes were: (a) relying on God or God's word for support, guidance, and strength; (b) sanctifying the family by living religion at home; (c) resolving conflict with prayer; repentance, and forgiveness; (d) loving and serving others in the family, faith community, and wider community; (e) overcoming challenges and trials through shared faith; (f) abstaining from proscribed activities and substances; (g) sacrificing time, money, comfort, and convenience; (h) nurturing spiritual observance and growth through teaching, example, and discussion; (i) obeying God, prophets, parents, or commandments; and (j) putting faith or family ahead of personal or secular interests.
Original Publication Citation
Dollahite, D. C., & Marks, L. D. (2009). A conceptual model of processes in a diverse, national sample of highly religious families. Review of Religious Research, 50, 373-391.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Dollahite, David C. and Marks, Loren D., "A Conceptual Model of Family and Religious Processes in Highly Religious Families" (2009). Faculty Publications. 4906.
Review of Religious Research
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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