Marriage Is A Construct That Almost Unanimously Comes From

1187 WordsFeb 10, 20175 Pages
Marriage is a construct that almost unanimously comes from religion. People may forget the connection in today’s society, but it is still vehemently there. The typical wedding in western society is in a church with a priest leading the vowels. Various people may get married with little to no religious affiliation, but religion still takes a prominent role in the act of marriage. It is clear that not all religions practice the same marital roles as commonly thought of in the United States, but that does not mean that different religious practices have less beneficial components in the realm of marriage. The key question is how different religions interact with marriages within their culture. My first source that gave me insight onto this…show more content…
Analyzing data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, they created a sample size of 2034 couples who all had newborns. They followed the study through 48 hours after giving birth, 12 months, 36 months, and 60 months. This helped show variations over time that were also reliable. They also surveyed a number of other questions that may have shown correlations between a healthy marriage and another variable. The study showed that in order for religion to affect marriage beneficially, both partners had to be engaged in religious participation. The study also supported that religious attendance of unwed couples improved unity as well. While this study is exemplary in its research, a few things need to be noted. The categories of religions may seem odd and out of place falling into five sectors: none, black protestant, catholic, conservative protestant, and other(Wilcox and Wolfinger 2008) Their study also only focuses on couples with children, leaving out possible differences between couples who do not have children versus those that do. As a final point, the article “Then comes marriage? Religion, race, and marriage in urban America” sheds light on the racial divides between the black community’s high religious practice and high divorce rates. This article also obtained data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study with a sample size of 3069 people. The results from this study conclude that “marriage is
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