Researchers have found a clear statistical link between religious observance and a lower likelihood of divorce.
A team from Harvard University set out to explore the effect of religion on health and wellbeing, and found a strong connection with family stability: couples who regularly take part in religious activities such as attending a place of worship were nearly 50 per cent less likely to subsequently divorce.
Lead researcher Tyler J VanderWeele is a Professor of Epidemiology. He said that while his study had focused on older couples, other results had been observed amongst younger men and women who had participated in similar research.
The typical religious disapproval of such behaviour as adultery was a likely influence the Professor suggested. Some religions also view marriage as a sacred relationship, he added, and this view would be reinforced through regular attendance at churches and other places of worship.
In addition, Professor VanderWeele noted, religious communities often provide their members with such valuable services as childcare and marriage guidance, another factor likely to discourage divorce.
“Religious communities can provide important resources for a healthy marriage,” he explained.
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