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Catholic Family Fuel: A Happy Union

May 7th, 2012by Guest Contributor

“The State of our Unions” is the title of a December 2011 research report from the National Marriage Project of the Institute for American Values and the University of Virginia. The researchers set out to answer these three questions: “Is it emotionally easier to parent alone in a world in which a good marriage seems increasingly out of reach? Is parenthood itself an obstacle to a good marriage? What are the social, cultural, and relational sources of marital success among today’s parents?”

According to the study, the top five predictors of marital satisfaction for married mothers are above-average (1) sexual satisfaction, (2) commitment, (3) generosity to spouse, (4) attitude toward raising children, and (5) social support.

The top five predictors of marital satisfaction for married fathers are above-average (1) sexual satisfaction, (2) commitment, (3) generosity to spouse, (4) attitude toward raising children, and (5) marital spirituality shared by both spouses.

The top five factors that minimize the likelihood of separation or divorce for married mothers are above-average (1) commitment, (2) sexual satisfaction, (3) marital spirituality shared by both spouses, (4) social support, and (5) marital spirituality of wife.

The top five factors that minimize the likelihood of separation or divorce for married fathers are above-average (1) commitment, (2) sexual satisfaction, (3) marital spirituality shared by both spouses, (4) attendance at religious services weekly or more often, and (5) generosity to wife.

Read the rest of the article on the Catholic Telegraph website.

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Sean Reynolds is the archdiocesan director of the Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry.

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