The Family Communication Sourcebook provides an in-depth examination of contemporary theory and research in the area of family communication. This unique collection offers a state-of-the art approach by pairing conceptual pieces with original studies in the same general topic area. Editors Lynn H. Turner and Richard West present readers with a thoughtful and thorough exploration of the critical issues facing family communication researchers today.

Relational Dynamics in Interfaith Marriage

Relational Dynamics in Interfaith Marriage

Relational dynamics in interfaith marriage
Patrick C.HughesTexas Tech University
Fran C.DicksonUniversity of Denver

During the early to mid-20th century, Merton (1941) noted, “In no society is the selection of a marriage partner unregulated and indiscriminate” (p. 36). Baron (1972), examining marital trends 30 years later, also acknowledged that “all records show that in every society, historical or contemporary, primitive or modern, cultural restrictions are designed to limit the possible marriage partners available to any person” (p. 39). Yet, today, marriage patterns do not reflect these restrictions on our marriage choices.

Once considered the “last taboo” (Johnson & Warren, 1994), intermarriage—specifically, interfaith marriage—seems to be going the way of many other taboos, yet research on interfaith relationships has not kept pace with this trend. Diggs ...

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