School of Behavioral Sciences


Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)


Daniel Marston


Marriage, Divorce, Christian Marriage, Rate of Divorce, Attitude towards Divorce, Propensity towards Divorce


Counseling | Educational Psychology


The concept of marriage is as old as the world itself and in Christianity, the bond is promised to sustain a lifetime. Current research has presented little insight into the concept of marriage in Christianity and the reasons leading to divorce among Christian couples in developed nations as opposed to underdeveloped nations. The purpose of this study was to understand the role of perseverance, culture, and extended family involvement on Christian practice, marriage, and divorce in developed and underdeveloped nations. The philosophy that guided the study was positivism. A total of 100 participants who regularly attend church were selected to participate in this research. Participants were adults between the ages of 18 and 60 years old. An evidence-based Divorce Propensity scale and attitudes towards divorce scale were distributed among the participants to assess their attitudes and propensity towards divorce under religious norms. Statistical analysis was applied, and technique used for analysis included descriptive statistics, two-way analysis of variance (ANOVA), bivariate analysis, and multivariate analysis. Participants’ religious identities were factored into the data analysis. This was to determine what effect culture, extended family, community, and civilization had on the perseverance and commitment of the participants in their marriages regarding issues that could lead to divorce. For the purposes of this research, the standard of scriptural teaching on the topic of marriage was the same for all participants. The results of multivariate analyses and Pearson’s test indicated that culture has a strongly significant impact on the Divorce Propensity of Christians in both developed and underdeveloped nations. However, the study revealed that the population of Nigeria was more likely to avoid divorce due to cultural interference and social pressure than those in USA.