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Soul Mates: Religion, Sex, Love, and Marriage among African Americans and Latinos

W. Bradford Wilcox and Nicholas Wolfinger


A great deal of research focuses on challenges facing African American and Latino families. Soul Mates takes a different tack, exploring how religious faith—more common among these two groups than it is among whites—fosters stronger black and Latino families. The book finds that married and unmarried minority couples who attend church together are more likely to enjoy happy relationships in comparison to peers who do not regularly attend church. Frequent attendees are more likely to get married and less likely to have children out of wedlock. Religious attendance also fosters a “code of decenc ... More

Keywords: African American, Latino, religion, church, marriage, families, nonmarital childbearing, code of decency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780195394221
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394221.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

W. Bradford Wilcox, author
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Virginia

Nicholas Wolfinger, author
Associate Professor of Family And Consumer Studies, University of Utah