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Undergraduate Research Journal

Abstract

Religiosity is important for relationship maintenance. However, past studies are inconsistent regarding the impact of individual and partner religiosity for relationship quality. In addition, many studies focus on married couples and use single-item measures of religiosity. The goal of this study is to test the religiosity of relationships as a mediator between individual and partner religiosity for relationship quality of dating couples, using stringent measures of centrality of religiosity. Participants completed a survey regarding their religiosity, their partners’ religiosity, and the religiosity of their relationships (N=119). Mediation analyses showed that relationship religiosity fully mediated the relationship between individual religiosity and relationship satisfaction and fully mediated the relationship between partner religiosity and relationship satisfaction. Results from the study emphasize the importance of religious activities for dating couples. Further implications will be discussed.

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