Study: Religion and Divorce


A lot of Internet chatter focuses on state-level divorce rates, but the best social science research suggests people who actually practice their faith do indeed have lower divorce rates:

"Divorce rates. As in prior decades (Mahoney et al., 2001), three recent longitudinal studies tied higher religious attendance, particularly by wives or by couples who attend the same denomination together, to decreased rates of future divorce (Brown, Orbuch, & Bauermeister, 2008; Vaaler, Ellison, & Powers, in press; Woods & Emery, 2002). Null findings emerged for personal importance of religion, affiliation, or spousal similarity in affiliation using two nationally representative samples (Vaaler et al., in press; Woods & Emery, 2002)." [source]