Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 45, Issue 4, pp 603–618 | Cite as

Religion and Family Relational Health: An Overview and Conceptual Model

  • Loren Marks


This paper presents a review of research addressing religion and family relational health. Strengths of the extant data include the correlation of three dimensions of religious experience (religious practices, religious beliefs, and religious community) with certain aspects of mother–child, father–child, and marital relationships and specific connections between the three dimensions of religious experience and family relationships are identified. Key weaknesses in the research at present include a paucity of research examining the hows, whys, and processes involved behind identified religion–family correlations and a lack of data on non-nuclear families, families of color, interfaith families, and non-Christian religions including Judaism and Islam. Implications for clinical practice and recommendations for future research are offered.


religion spirituality parenting marriage health 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Human EcologyLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA

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