Examining Marriage: A Comparison of Perceptions based on Religious Affiliation and Religiosity

Author: Grace Page
Major: Psychology
Approved: Fall 2019
Status: In progress

Over the course of history, both the ideals behind marriage and the behaviors exhibited in marriage have drastically changed (Waller & McLanahan, 2005). This project will examine how religious affiliation and religiosity are associated with individuals’ attitudes towards and expectations for marriage, both in the community of Roanoke, VA and across the United States. Sampling these two populations will be beneficial in comparing diverse ideologies, as well as marital relationships, in our local community and across the country. More specifically, this project will consider the beliefs surrounding marriage that individuals of various ideologies possess, how their behaviors align with these beliefs, and how individuals of different ideologies perceive each other. First, the researcher will review the literature to broaden her understanding of existing research. Then, the researcher will recruit participants to complete an online survey that will ask them a variety of questions, such as what they wished their marriages looked like based on their religious affiliation and religiosity, how their marriages actually are, and how they perceive the marriages of people of other religious affiliations and religiosities. Therefore, in Fall 2019, the focus of this project will be on conducting a literature review and planning the project. During Spring 2020, the hypotheses and methodology will be finalized. Fall 2020 will consist of data collection and analysis. Spring 2021 will be spent continuing analysis of the data, defending the project to my committee, and publicly presenting the project.

Waller, M. L., & McLanahan, S. S. (2005). “His” and “her” marriage expectations: Determinants and consequences. Journal of Marriage and Family, 67, 53-67.
https://doi.org/10.1111/j.0022- (https://doi.org/10.1111/j.0022-)2445.2005.00005.x