The effects of religious fundamentalism and religiosity on preference for traditional family norms

  • H. G. Grasmick United State of America
  • L. P. Wilcox United State of America
  • S. R. Bird United State of America

Abstract

This study examines the effects of religion on preference for a patriarchal family, one in which the husband makes decisions while the wife is subservient to him. The effects of both religious fundamentalism and personal religiosity are considered using a survey of adults in a Southwestern city. The analysis reveals a strong positive direct effect of adherence to a fundamentalist doctrine on support for the patriarchal family, but no direct effect of personal religiosity. An interaction effect of these two variables, reported in some other studies of the effect of religion on other family issues, is not found. The effect of religious fundamentalism is equal in magnitude to the effect of age, and greater than the effects of education, gender, family income, head of household occupational prestige, subjective class identification, race and rural background. With the exceptions of age and gender, religious fundamentalism serves as a crucial intervening variable in the relationships between these variables and endorsement of patriarchal norms in the husband‐wife relationship.

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Published
2020-10-15
How to Cite
Grasmick, H. G., Wilcox, L. P., & Bird, S. R. (2020). The effects of religious fundamentalism and religiosity on preference for traditional family norms. Religious Studies: An International Journal, 8(2), 135-152. Retrieved from http://fssh-journal.org/index.php/jrs/article/view/140