Are Christians more likely to have happier and longer marriages?

U.S. Study

Christians are happier with their marriages than non-Christians, men are more satisfied with their unions than women, and Gen X couples are in trouble, according to a recent Marriage Helper study conducted by Barna Group.

While Christians and men, in general, are shown to be reaping the most positive benefits of marriage. Data from the study of 1,500 U.S. adults about marriage and divorce conducted from April 15 to May 10 show that Generation X, the cohort of individuals born between 1965 and 1980, appears to be suffering an alarming divorce trend.

Marriage Helper, which works to rebuild marriages and strengthen families through online resources, courses, and marriage coaching, now offers men who need help with their relationship free access to their resources for Father’s Day.

“We’re giving complimentary access to our Father’s Day tuneup course precisely because it provides a non-intimidating way for men to dip their toe in the water and take a positive step, to take action on their marriage,” Holmes said.

The study shows that while 59% of all U.S. adults report being very satisfied with their marriage, that figure among practicing Christians stood at 73%. Another 20%, or practicing Christian couples, also said they were somewhat happy, along with 22% of all U.S. adults.

Some 65% of men reported being very satisfied with their marriage, while just 52% of women reported the same. And while 65% of millennials and 61% of Boomers reported being very satisfied with their marriage, only 47% of Generation X couples said they were very satisfied. Partial Source: The Christian Post

Another interesting study on the effect “religiosity” has on marriage stability rates reflects different conclusions.

People who strictly subscribe to the words of the gospel, such as “What God has joined together, let man not separate,” tend to do better in their marriages

And so it seems. U.S. studies show very nicely that people who apply their faith into their marriage – those who see their marriage as ‘God-inspired’ or ‘sacred’ – tend to do better.

U.K. Study

Using data from the Millennium Cohort Study,  the religious and ethnic groupings of 10,000 or so new mothers who had babies in 2000 or 2001 were followed through to when their children were 11 years old to see who was still together who wasn’t.

You can read our full report here.

The initial finding was that Christian and Muslim mothers were more likely to stay together than non-religious mothers. The same was true for Christian fathers, though not Muslim fathers.

Education and planning

The study also found that other factors, being older, being better educated, planning your pregnancy, and being happy in your relationship all have their effect on a couple’s odds of staying together.

Black fathers did incredibly severely. Even if they were married and happy, they were still more likely to split up than other fathers.

These findings suggest a significant influence of culture – rather than religion – in play here. One effect is positive, and one is negative. It leaves us asking questions about what they are doing differently, whether they think differently about marriage and relationships, and whether they have different levels of social support.

Questions

What makes Muslim mothers exceptionally stable in their relationships, yet Muslim fathers are no different from anyone else?

What makes black fathers especially unstable in their relationships, whereas this is not the case for black mothers? Partial SOURCE: marriagefoundation.org.

 

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