The Threefold Cord: Marital Commitment in Religious Couples
commitment, God, marriage, meaning, purpose, perspective, vows
This study reports results from in-depth interviews with 57 highly religious middle-aged married couples representing the major Abrahamic faiths (Christianity, Judaism, Islam) and residing in New England and Northern California. The study uses grounded theory methods to create themes that describe the ways that religiosity influences marital commitment. Couples reported that religious beliefs and practices helped them include God as the third partner in their marriage, believe in marriage as a religious institution that lasts, and find meaning in committing to marriage.
Original Publication Citation
Lambert, N. M., & Dollahite, D. C. (2008). The threefold cord: Marital commitment in religious couples. Journal of Family Issues, 29, 592 –614.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Lambert, Nathaniel M. and Dollahite, David C., "The Threefold Cord: Marital Commitment in Religious Couples" (2007). Faculty Publications. 5008.
Journal of Family Issues
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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