Are Christian families more - or less - strong than other families? How important is sexual satisfaction to marital happiness? What impact does the arrival of children have on a marriage? How does income affect marital satisfaction? What pressures confront employed wives and their families and how content are these women with their marriages?
To accurately assess the influence of religion on the marriages of churchgoers, this book, first published in 1990, considers the significance of other important forces as well - level of education, job satisfaction, income, sex life, patterns of decision making, coping strategies, and the demands of parenting. While most studies have been content to assess religion's impact by looking at church membership or church attendance, this book looks at several facets of religiosity in an effort to understand more clearly just how and when religion affects marriage quality and whether its impact is positive or negative.
A final concern of the book is to assess how the current generation of couples is adapting to intergenerational changes such as increased occupational status, more egalitarian patterns of decision-making, and smaller families. It examines the role modifications and coping strategies that couples are employing to deal with these changes and with the demands that accompany them.
Table of Contents
1. Christiantown Families: The Yuppy Generation 2. Christiantown: An All American City 3. The Quality of Christiantown Marriages 4. Religion and Married Life 5. Sex and Marriage in Christiantown 6. Money and Marriage 7. Earning a Living: The Impact of Husband’s Employment 8. Earning a Living: The Impact of Wide’s Employment 9. The Parental Experience 10. Lessons From Experience: What Would They Do Different 11. Changing Sex Roles and Marriage Arrangements: Prospects for the Future 12. Assessment and Application: Towards a Constructive Response