September 22, 2013
Does Religion Increase or Decrease Parental Stress?
Fathers who said religion is important were more likely to strongly agree they are happy in their role as a parent, their study also indicated. A separate study analyzing data on 1,134 single mothers from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study indicated that religious participation "was associated with greater involvement with children, reduced parenting stress and a lower likelihood of engaging in corporal punishment." Sociologist Richard Petts of Ball State University reported the findings in the Journal of Marriage and Family.