Forsaking All Others: How Religious Involvement Promotes Marital Fidelity in Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Couples
fidelity, marriage, Abrahamic religion, Christianity, Judaism, Islam
This study reports results from in-depth interviews with 57 highly religious, middle-aged married couples from the major Abrahamic faiths (Christianity, Judaism, Islam) living in New England and Northern California. Grounded theory was employed to create a conceptual model describing the ways that religious couples draw on their beliefs and practices to stay faithful to their marital vows. Couples reported that religion promoted marital fidelity in four important ways: (1) religious belief and practice sanctified their marriage and thereby improved marital quality, which indirectly promoted fidelity; (2) religious vows and involvement fortified marital commitment to fidelity; (3) religion strengthened couples' moral values, which promoted fidelity in marriage; (4) religious involvement improved spouses' relationship with God, which encouraged them to avoid actions such as infidelity that they believed would displease God.
Original Publication Citation
Dollahite, D. C., & Lambert, N. M. (2007). Forsaking all others: How religious involvement promotes marital fidelity in Christian, Jewish, and Muslim couples. Review of Religious Research, 48, 290-307.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Dollahite, David C. and Lambert, Nathaniel M., "Forsaking All Others: How Religious Involvement Promotes Marital Fidelity in Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Couples" (2007). Faculty Publications. 5009.
Review of Religious Research
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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