Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 28, Issue 4, pp 497–504

Religiosity and Marital Satisfaction

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10591-006-9020-0

Cite this article as:
Orathinkal, J. & Vansteenwegen, A. Contemp Fam Ther (2006) 28: 497. doi:10.1007/s10591-006-9020-0


This study examined the association between religiosity and marital satisfaction among first-married and remarried adults. Seven hundred and eighty-seven heterosexually married adults from the Flanders region in Belgium completed the Maudsley Marital Questionnaire (MMQ) and a four-item religiosity scale, measuring marital satisfaction and religiosity respectively. This study found the effect of gender and marital status statistically significant (p < .0001) on religiosity. For marital satisfaction, the effect of gender and marital status statistically significant only for MMQ-S (p < .0001) and MMQ-M (p < .0001) respectively. Religiosity had a significant positive correlation (r = .19, p < .0001) with sexual-adjustment problems (MMQ-S). The ultimate aim of this study was to inform marital and relational therapists the value of a possible association religiosity has on marital satisfaction.


ReligiosityMarital satisfactionMarital stabilityFirst-married adultsRemarried adults

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Katholieke Universiteit LeuvenLeuvenBelgium