Church Attendance and Marital Commitment Beliefs of Undergraduate Women Academic Article uri icon


  • Marital commitment between spouses has been found to be an important predictor of successful marriages. Beliefs about marital commitment among never-married young adults are of interest because of their probable influence on subsequent marital behaviors. The current study examined social-cognitive processes; specifically, religiousness, locus-of-control beliefs, and gender role attitudes, in the prediction of marital commitment beliefs among 294 undergraduate never-married women. We found that higher religiousness and lower chance locus of control were significantly correlated with stronger marital commitment beliefs. Multiple regression analyses revealed that religiousness was the best predictor of marital commitment beliefs in this sample. Social learning processes are implicated in the development of marital commitment beliefs. Implications and limitations of the study are discussed. © 2007 Copyright the Authors; Journal compilation © 2007 Blackwell Publishing, Inc.

author list (cited authors)

  • Hui, S. A., Lindsey, C. R., & Elliott, T. R.

citation count

  • 4

publication date

  • March 2007