Religious Support, Motives for Having Large Families, and Psychological Functioning Among Religious Jewish Mothers

Jeffery P. Bjorck, Aryeh Lazar

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Abstract

The effects of religious support, maternal motivations for having large families, and their interactions on psychological functioning were assessed in a sample of 79 religious Israeli Jewish mothers of six or more children. Religious support from religious leaders, community, and G-d-as well as faith-focused maternal motivation-were all positively related to adaptive psychological functioning. In contrast, self-focused maternal motivation was negatively related to adaptive functioning. Moreover, religious support and maternal motivation were both related to psychological functioning even after controlling for social support. Finally, several significant interactions between religious support and maternal motivation emerged and are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-194
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Volume50
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2011

Keywords

  • Family size
  • Maternal motivation
  • Psychological functioning
  • Religious
  • Religious support

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