Published by Communications and Public Affairs (519) 824-4120, Ext. 56982 or 53338
May 16, 2002
U of G to study family support given to interfaith couples
Have you ever been in a long-term relationship with someone of a different faith? Family relations professor Jean Turner and master’s candidate Stacey Partridge would like to study the amount of support interfaith couples receive from their families.
Turner and Partridge are hoping to identify the challenges interfaith couples face with their families and, when possible, find workable solutions to their differences. “The purpose of the study is to identify more of the ways in which parents and brothers and sisters support or do not support the interfaith couple,” said Turner.
Past research on interfaith unions found that partners of different religious traditions faced serious criticism from their parents, siblings and extended family. With the increase in the number of couples of different faiths, it appears families are being more supportive of partners with different backgrounds. “What we’re wanting most to discover is the various ways people negotiate those relationships,” said Turner.
Individuals will be interviewed for about an hour and a half, with times and places to be arranged at the participants’ convenience. The identity of the participants will not be revealed in the results of the study.
For additional information or to participate in the study, contact Turner at (519) 824-4120, Ext. 6256, or e-mail Partridge at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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