Hoping to facilitate relationship quality and stability along with attendant human joy, we focus on three specific areas of faith and family life: 1) Religion and Marriage, 2) Religion and Parent-Child Relationships, 3) Youth Religious Identity and Spiritual Development.
1. Religion and Marriage. We seek to discover and share knowledge about the ways that religion influences the quality and stability of marital relationships including marital commitment, conflict resolution, relational forgiveness, marital fidelity, and the meaning of marriage in contemporary life.
2. Religion and Parent-Child Relationships. We seek to discover and share knowledge about ways that religion influences bonds between parents and children, how parents and children talk together about religious issues, and how parents can successfully pass along their religious identity and values to their children.
3. Youth Religious Identity and Spiritual Development. We seek to discover and share knowledge about how religion influences children and youth in developing strong religious identities and grow spiritually and how parents and youth leaders can best facilitate spiritual joy and growth among children and youth.