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Religion and Family Formation

Tim B. Heaton and Kristen L. Goodman
Review of Religious Research
Vol. 26, No. 4 (Jun., 1985), pp. 343-359
DOI: 10.2307/3511049
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3511049
Page Count: 17
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Abstract

This paper examines religious differentials in patterns of family formation. When compared with those who state no religious preference, Catholics, Protestants, and Mormons are more likely to marry, less likely to divorce, more likely to remarry following divorce, and they have larger families. Among religious groups, Mormons tend to have the highest rates of marriage and fertility, but the lowest rates of divorce. Catholics have lower rates of marriage and divorce than Protestants. These patterns are not altered when frequency of attendance and education are included as control variables. Findings indicate that, even amidst dramatic change in family formation trends, the linkages between religion and family persist.

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