Religious Men as Husbands and Fathers

Religious men, especially evangelical Protestants, are more involved and attentive as husbands and fathers than men who are not religious, finds to a new study. W. Bradford Wilcox, a University of Virginia Sociologist, reports, “Evangelical Protestant dads come out on top compared with every religious group in the U.S.” The results point to greater family involvement and less domestic violence among churchgoing Protestants (Southern Baptists, Assemblies of God and nondenominational evangelical churches are among those included). Religious men out-scored other fathers on most family life indicators, he says, because religion stresses familial involvement. These men are reluctant to share in domestic responsibilities, such as cooking and cleaning, with their wives. 58% of evangelical Protestant men, compared with 37% of those who said they were unaffiliated with a religion, believe that men should focus on breadwinning while women focus on homemaking.

Source: Pastors Weekly Briefing 8/13/04

Contributed by: Gary D. Foster

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