Inter-faith relationships in Great Britain: prevalence and implications for psychological well-being

Publication type

Journal Article

Published in

Mental Health, Religion and Culture

Author

Kareena McAloney

Publication date

Summary

Britain is increasingly multicultural, with greater potential for mixing between individuals of differing religions. While both religion and romantic partnerships offer benefits for psychological well-being, religious heterogeneity in a relationship may be detrimental. This study aimed to investigate the prevalence of interfaith partnerships using the UK Household Longitudinal Study, and explore impact on well-being. Over one-fifth of individuals were in heterogeneous relationships, this was associated with greater psychological distress. The results suggest a need for further research into the mechanisms by which religious mixing in relationships impacts upon health in order to best support an increasingly religiously diverse Britain.

Volume and page numbers

16, 686-694

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13674676.2012.714359

ISSN

16

Subjects

Religion, Family Formation And Dissolution, Ethnic Groups, Well Being and Race Relations

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