Length of Marriage, Duration of Faith Commitment, and Religious Coping: Effects on Marital Functioning
In the current study, the effects of spousal religious coping, length of marriage, and duration of faith commitment on marital functioning were examined, analyzing an archival data set from 60 Protestant couples. Surprisingly, duration of faith commitment was not related to overall positive religious coping for either wives or husbands. However, it was significantly negatively related to negative religious coping for wives. In addition, collaborative religious coping was positively related to duration of faith commitment for husbands. For both spouses, coping via punishing God reappraisal was related to worse dyadic adjustment with the reverse being true for collaborative religious coping. For wives, religious helping was correlated with better dyadic adjustment with the reverse being true for spiritual discontent. Length of marriage was related to lower dyadic adjustment for wives but not for husbands. Implications for future research and clinical applications are discussed.
Bjorck, Jeffrey P.
Marital psychotherapy, Marriage
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