Are There Religious Variations in Marital Infidelity?

  title={Are There Religious Variations in Marital Infidelity?},
  author={Amy M. Burdette and Christopher G. Ellison and Darren E. Sherkat and Kurt Gore},
  journal={Journal of Family Issues},
  pages={1553 - 1581}
Although previous scholarship has examined the relationship between religious involvement and a wide range of family outcomes, the relationship between religion and extramarital sexual behavior remains understudied. The authors investigate how religious affiliation, participation, and biblical beliefs explain differences in self-reported marital infidelity. This study examines data from the 1991-2004 General Social Surveys and finds that religious factors are associated with the likelihood of… 

Tables from this paper

Praying for Mr. Right? Religion, Family Background, and Marital Expectations Among College Women
This study explores the relationship between multiple aspects of religious involvement—affiliation, church attendance, subjective religiosity—and marital expectations among college women. In
Character Strengths and Religiosity as Predictors of Marital Satisfaction in a Sample of Highly Religious and Divorce-Prone Couples
Some scholars have found a robust relationship between religiosity and marital satisfaction. Yet the state of Arkansas creates a paradox: both religiosity and marital dissolution are very high. What
Religion, Race/Ethnicity, and Perceived Barriers to Marriage among Working-Age Adults
While a great deal of scholarly attention has been focused on correlates and predictors of obstacles to marriage, little attention has been given to the role of religion in predicting self-reported
Sanctification and Cheating Among Emerging Adults
It was found that higher levels of self-reported relationship sanctification were associated with a lower likelihood of both physical and emotional cheating even when accounting for plausible alternate explanations, mediated via permissive sexual attitudes.
The Couple That Prays Together: Race and Ethnicity, Religion, and Relationship Quality Among Working-Age Adults
A substantial body of research has shown that relationship quality tends to be (a) lower among racial and ethnic minorities and (b) higher among more religious persons and among couples in which
Attitudes Toward Marriage and Cohabitation among Working-Age Latinos : Does Religion Matter ?
The burgeoning Latino population in the United States has renewed interest in Latino family research. It has often been assumed that Catholicism is a key factor influencing Latinos’ attitudes toward
Burning the Candle at Both Ends: Extramarital Sex as a Precursor of Marital Disruption
This study examines several aspects of the association between engaging in extramarital sex and the disruption of one’s marriage. Panel data on 1621 respondents followed from 1980 – 2000 in the
Spouse's Religious Commitment and Marital Quality: Clarifying the Role of Gender
Objective Research on religion and marriage consistently finds a positive association between spousal religious commitment and more positive marital outcomes. But findings regarding the moderating
The Social and Cultural Predictors of Generosity in Marriage
This study focuses on the social and cultural sources of an important dimension of solidarity in contemporary marriages: marital generosity. Marital generosity is defined here as freely giving to
Couple Religiosity, Male Headship, Intimate Partner Violence, and Infidelity
The research literature finds a positive relationship between couple religiosity and relationship quality, but because public discourse highlights religious victims of domestic violence, we


Sexual Infidelity among Married and Cohabiting Americans
Virtually all American couples, married or cohabiting, expect sexual exclusivity of one another. This article asks why some people are sexually exclusive while others have sex with someone besides
Religion, Religiosity, and Nonmarital Sexual Conduct: An Application of Reference Group Theory
The research reported within examines two hypotheses derived from reference group theory regarding the inverse effects of religiosity on the prevalence of premarital, extramarital, and homosexual
The Effects of Religious Homogamy on Marital Satisfaction and Stability
Previous studies have indicated a relationship between religious homogamy and marital satisfaction and stability. However, most have emphasized denominational affiliation only. Using loglinear
The Influence of Religion on Attitudes toward Nonmarital Sexuality: A Preliminary Assessment of Reference Group Theory*
Prior research on the relationship between religion and/or religiosity and nonmarital sexuality (i.e., premarital, extramarital, and homosexual relations) has found an inverse relationship with
Enlarging the Understanding of Marital Commitment via Religious Devoutness, Gender Role Preferences, and Locus of Marital Control
Reference is made to the literature showing that marital commitment (defined by Becker as a “bet” on the future) has been strongly affected by variables such as love/caring and positive conflict
Reciprocal Effects of Religiosity, Cohabitation, and Marriage
This article formulates and tests theoretical hypotheses of the reciprocal causal relationships between the formation of cohabiting and marital unions and religious commitment and participation. The
Secularization and the Influence of Religion on Beliefs about Premarital Sex
Over the past two or three decades there has been a substantial decline in support for traditional beliefs about premarital sex. From theories about religious privatization and religious plausibility
Marriage and the spiritual realm: The role of proximal and distal religious constructs in marital functioning.
Ninety-seven couples completed questionnaires about their involvement in joint religious activities and their perceptions regarding the sanctification of marriage, including perceived sacred
The relation of religious affiliation, service attendance, and other factors to homophobic attitudes among university students
Using a survey of undergraduates conducted at a Research i institute, we analyze anti-homosexual attitudes (homophobia) based on religious affiliation and attendance, relationships to known gay,