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How Does Religion Influence Fertility?: The Case of Mormons

Tim B. Heaton
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Vol. 25, No. 2 (Jun., 1986), pp. 248-258
DOI: 10.2307/1385480
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1385480
Page Count: 11
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Abstract

High fertility has been a distinctive feature of Mormonism for over a century. This paper takes a closer look at the determinants of Mormon fertility. Socioeconomic status does not necessarily have a negative impact on fertility, as is generally the case, implying that the effects of socioeconomic status may vary according to the religious context. Acceptance of the Mormon theology of marriage, contact with other Mormons as a reference group, and socialization in a Mormon subculture all have a positive influence on fertility. This pattern of high fertility strengthens interdependence between religion and family.

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