Finding meaning in religious practices: The relation between religious holiday rituals and marital satisfaction
Short Title: 
Finding meaning in religious practices
Abstract: 

This study examined the relation between marital satisfaction and religious holiday ritual practices. 120 couples, married 9 years on average, completed measures of religious holiday practices (current family and family-of-origin) and marital satisfaction. Couples were interviewed about how important religion was to their family life. Marital satisfaction was related to religious holiday rituals beyond a global indication of religiousness. A different pattern was found for husbands and wives, with husbands' satisfaction more closely linked to ritual meaning and wives' satisfaction associated with routine practices. Family-of-origin rituals were connected across generations. Wives' marital satisfaction was related to husbands' report of religious holiday rituals but not the converse. Results are discussed in terms of how rituals affirm relationships, connect values and beliefs, and may have differential meaning for men and women.

Author(s): 
Fiese, Barbara H.
Tomcho, Thomas J.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Journal of Family Psychology
Publication Date: 
2001
Publication Year: 
2001
Pages: 
597-609
Volume: 
15
Issue: 
4
ISSN: 
1939-1293(Electronic);0893-3200(Print)
DOI: 
10.1037/0893-3200.15.4.597
Library Catalog: 
APA PsycNET

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Barbara H. Fiese and Thomas J. Tomcho. 2001. "Finding meaning in religious practices: The relation between religious holiday rituals and marital satisfaction." Journal of Family Psychology 15: 4: 597-609. 10.1037/0893-3200.15.4.597.

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