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Families and FaithHow Religion is Passed Down across Generations$
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Vern L. Bengtson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199948659

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199948659.001.0001

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How Interfaith Marriage and Divorce Affect Continuity 1

How Interfaith Marriage and Divorce Affect Continuity 1

(p.113) Chapter 6 How Interfaith Marriage and Divorce Affect Continuity1
Families and Faith

Vern L. Bengtson

Norella M. Putney

Susan C. Harris

Oxford University Press

Interfaith marriages are increasingly common in the United States. The results of this study show that parents in a same-faith marriage are the most likely to perpetuate religious continuity across generations. In this study, marriages where there is conversion by one partner to a common religious faith increased the likelihood of religious transmission from parents to youth. In interfaith marriages without conversion, where each spouse continued to go his or her own way, the stronger the faith of one partner—usually the mother—the more likely it is that transmission of that faith will occur. Divorce is most often a disruptive factor in the transmission of religion,

Keywords:   divorce, interfaith marriage, religious transmission, youth

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