Date of Award:


Document Type:


Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)


Family Consumer Human Development

Department name when degree awarded

Family and Child Development

Committee Chair(s)

C. Jay Skidmore


C. Jay Skidmore


Don C. Carter


E. Wayne Wright


The purpose of this paper was to determine the effect, if any, of religiosity on marriage role expectations. During the past years , the young person's marriage role expectations have been undergoing a gradual change from traditional type roles to more equalitarian-partnership type roles, Religiosity has been found to have a differing effect on the values of people. It was hypothesized that the more religious a person was, the more traditional he would be in his marriage role expectations. Religiosity was determined using a questionnaire developed by Faulkner and De Jong, Marriage role expectations were determined by using an instrument developed by Marie Dunn. An analysis of variance was computed to determine the effect on marriage role expectations of three variables: sex of subject, religiosity of subject, and religious affiliation of subject. It was found that the inactive female was more equalitarian than any other group, The religious affiliation of the subject didn't make a significant difference. It would seem from the results of this study that religiosity did make a difference, particularly with female respondents.