Friday, July 11, 2008

Brad Wilcox on religion and men in the family

Brad Wilcox, sociologist at the University of Virginia, studies religion and the family. He recently published this research summary in which he asks:

"Is there any evidence that religion is playing a role in encouraging a strong family orientation among contemporary American men?"

His answer is yes. He found that religion associated with happier marriages, fewer out-of-wedlock births, and more involvement in kids' lives.

I believe these are cross-sectional data, so these analyses leave open questions of causality, but they are encouraging for those who think that involvement in Christianity leads to good things.

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