Survey on Marital Quality and Belief Changes

A topic often under discussion in the bloggernacle is how to navigate marriages when one spouse experiences a change in belief.  If this describes your marriage, please follow the link to participate.  Eligibility requirements are below.

Adam Fisher is a psychology intern at Counseling & Psychological Services at Brigham Young University and will soon be graduating with a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Indiana University.  Following graduation he will be a postdoctoral clinical fellow at The Family Institute at Northwestern University.  His research investigates issues around relationships, religion, and sexuality, specifically around how couples adapt to significant post-nuptial changes in one or both partners.  One focus of this research is on marital quality among religious couples after one or both partners experience a religious change.

For this study, Adam is investigating marital quality among current and former Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Seventh-day Adventists. Ultimately, he hopes to better understand what makes marriages work (and not work) in these situations.

Eligibility for this study includes:

  • 18 or older
  • Married (or separated, but not divorced) to one spouse
  • Both partners were LDS, Jehovah’s Witness, or Seventh-day Adventist at the time they got married, and subsequently one or both partners has experienced a religious change.  This might include having significant doubts, no longer believing in central doctrines of the church, or leaving the church.

The survey takes about 30 minutes to complete.


  1. I’m not eligible but would love to see the survey results when available. Will they be posted here as well?

  2. Angela C says:

    I’ll talk to Adam about that. We can certainly find some way to share the findings.

  3. Hi Shawn – for sure. Incidentally, I’m in the process of publication with the survey from last year, and those will definitely be shared. Same for this study, down the road a bit.

  4. just completed the survey, I too, would be very interested in the findings.

  5. Thanks for taking it Sarah.

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