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

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)686–694
Number of pages9
JournalMental Health, Religion and Culture
Volume16
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Keywords

  • religion
  • inter-faith partnerships
  • psychology

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