Role of Religiosity in the Lives of the Low-Income Population: A Comprehensive Review of the Evidence. Meta-analysis

07/10/2009

Using meta-analysis techniques can be useful to summarize disparate results when assessing the magnitude of the effect of religiosity on marriage. A meta-analysis of 78 studies conducted in the 1980s and 1990s confirms the overall significant positive effect of church attendance and homogeneity in couples religious denomination on the reduction in divorce, an increase in marital satisfaction, and an increase in commitment to marriage. This study did not, however, find a statistically significant relationship with marital conflict (Mahoney et al., 2001). Looking across studies, individual religious denomination does not appear to exert a strong effect on a couples relationship.

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