Religious Commitment, Adult Attachment, and Marital Adjustment in Newly Married Couples

Jamie L. Lopez, Shelley A. Riggs, Sara E. Pollard, Joshua N. Hook

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Abstract

Existing literature on the role of religiosity in marital functioning is often difficult to interpret due to the frequent use of convenience samples, statistical approaches inadequate for interdependent dyadic data, and the lack of a theoretical framework. The current study examined the effects of religious commitment and insecure attachment on marital adjustment. Newly married couples who did not have children (N = 92 couples, 184 individuals) completed measures of religious commitment, adult attachment, and marital functioning. There was a small positive association between religious commitment and marital adjustment. Religious commitment buffered the negative association between attachment avoidance and marital adjustment, but exacerbated the negative association between attachment anxiety and marital adjustment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-309
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Family Psychology
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2011

Keywords

  • Adult attachment
  • Compensation
  • Marital adjustment
  • Religiosity
  • Religious commitment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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