Marital Spirituality


Your Marriage is Important to God.

"Our aim is to explore the connection between spirituality in marriage and marital satisfaction."





About

Our Research

"Your marriage is important to God."

We want to explore whether spirituality affects:

  1. Personal satisfaction with life
  2. Sense of emotional intimacy
  3. Sexual satisfaction
  4. Overall level of marital satisfaction



Study Participation

Thank you for your interest in our research study. The participation period for the initial study has now ended. If you need to contact us about the study, use the email address posted below. Winners of the Amazon Gift Cards for this study will be notified by the end of October, 2016. Thank you to all who participated!




The Couple's Challenge

A 30-day challenge, "The Couple's Challenge" has been developed by the authors of the study which is intended to help strengthen your marriage. The challenge consists of attendance at religious services, prayers for and with your spouse, and a brief weekly devotional focused on your marriage. The devotionals are posted on The Couple's Challenge page. Each week's devotional includes a video and a handout with a passage to read, questions to consider, and information to discuss with your spouse.

Before completing The Couple's Challenge, please participate in the study by clicking the "Get Started" button above.

If you have already completed the survey, go to The Couple's Challenge.

The Couple's Challenge



Our Team

James Dalton

Dr. James H. Dalton and his wife Stacey have been married for 9 years. They have a son and twin daughters. The Daltons enjoy hiking together, family devotionals, and watching baseball. James is an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Freed-Hardeman University, where his responsibilities include teaching the Marriage and Family Counseling course. James holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC).

Ryan Fraser

Dr. Ryan N. Fraser and his family live in Henderson, Tennessee. Ryan and his wife Missy have been married for 27 years. They have two teenage children. Ryan enjoys hiking in the mountains, playing guitar, and writing. He is the pulpit minister for a vibrant congregation, also serving as an elder. Ryan holds an M.Div. from Abilene Christian University and a Ph.D. in Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counseling from Brite Divinity School (at Texas Christian University). He teaches in the graduate program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Freed-Hardeman University.

Jeremy Burkhart

Jeremiah W. Burkhart ("Jeremy") and his wife Hannah grew up near Nashville, Tennessee. Jeremy enjoys spending time with his wife and extended family. He also enjoys time outdoors, listening to music, and swimming. He works closely with a local congregation, teaching Bible classes and leading worship in song. Jeremy holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Freed-Hardeman University. He is currently working towards a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree in Counseling Psychology from Radford University, located in Radford, Virginia.





Frequently Asked Questions

Is my information confidential?

Absolutely. We take great care to keep your private information private.

How long will it take me to participate?

It will take approximately 10-15 minutes to participate in the survey. Participating in The Couple's Challenge will require a weekly devotional period of about 15 minutes in addition to consistently praying with and for your spouse and attending religious services on a weekly basis.

What is The Couple's Challenge?

A 30-day challenge, "The Couple's Challenge" has been developed by the authors of the study which is intended to help strengthen your marriage. The challenge consists of attendance at religious services, prayers for and with your spouse, and a brief weekly devotional focused on your marriage. Each weekly devotional includes a brief video and a handout with a passage to read, questions to consider, and information to discuss with your spouse.

Do I have to be married to participate?

Yes, you have to be married to participate in this study.

Does my spouse have to participate?

No, your spouse does not have to participate in the survey or The Couple's Challenge. The Couple's Challenge is designed for couples, and some of the questions are specifically designed for discussion as a couple, but individual spouses are encouraged to participate even if their spouse isn't interested. If you and your spouse both complete the survey you will both be entered in the drawings, increasing your chances to win a gift card!

Will I be compensated for participating?

No one will be compensated for participating in the study. However, you do have the option of providing your email at the end of the survey so that you can be entered in a drawing to win an Amazon gift card worth up to $500.

When will the study end?

A set date is not currently set. This site will be updated when participation is closed. Winners of the gift cards will be notified in a timely manner following the close of the study.

Will I be informed of the results of the study?

The research team is committed to posting a synopsis of the results on the website. Additionally, the team intends to submit the results and conclusions to a professional journal for publication. If the research is published, information on accessing the entire publication will be made available on this site.