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The Public Significance Of Religion And The Changing Context Of Family Life In Britain 1983–2005: An Examination Of Marriage, Cohabitation And Divorce

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Within contemporary society the institution of marriage has been waning, and there has been a significant rise in divorce and co-habitation, the latter especially evident among young people. Various theories have been advanced to account for the highly significant changes in personal, social and cultural values that underpin views and practices related to the institution of marriage. The aim of this chapter is to examine the evidence available from the British Social Attitudes Survey data collected between 1983 and 2005 to support or to question the association between religiosity and family context by focusing specifically on marital status as recorded by the categories of married, cohabiting and divorced. Some introduction needs is provided to identify the strengths and limitation of the British Social Attitudes Survey data for addressing this question.

Keywords: British Social Attitudes Survey data; marital status



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