Research Findings

Overview of the Research Findings section of this website

  • Four Major Domains. This section of the web site is divided into four major domains of family life - marriage and couple relationships, sexuality within marriage and loving relationships, parenting, and divorce. 
  • For Better Findings & For Worse Findings. Most of our website is devoted to research that examines specific spiritual beliefs and practices that can be either helpful or harmful for family relationships. In each domain, see the links listed under For Better Findings for findings based on specific questions about ways that spirituality can be helpful. Conversely, see links under For Worse Findings for ways that spirituality can be harmful. 
  • General Findings. For each domain, we summarize broad generalizations on the role of religion and spirituality in family life based on questions about a given family member's involvement in organized religion, such as how often a family member attends worship services or says religion is important in his or her daily life. About 75-80% of survey studies rely on these kinds of general questions.
  • Click Marriage/Couples for links to specific findings on how spirituality can help or harm marriage/couples & general findings
  • Click Sexuality for links to specific findings on how spirituality can help sexuality within marriage and loving relationships & general findings
  • Click Parenting for links to specific findings on how spirituality can help or harm parenting & general findings
  • Click Divorce for links to specific findings on how spirituality can help or harm post-divorce adjustment & general findings

Other Major sections of this website

  • Our website has three other major sections that provide scientific information about faith and family life. Links to each section are listed below. 
  • Click About for more information about relational spirituality, religion/spirituality, our transition to parenthood study, our research group, other researchers, and the Templeton Foundation
  • Click For Researchers for more information for conducting studies on relational spirituality, for better and worse.
  • Click to For Families/Quizzes for quizzes to take on the relational spirituality of family relationships.

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