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Does being married bring you closer to God?
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Married mothers are more religious than single and cohabiting mothers, according to a new study from the Bowling Green National Center for Family and Marriage Research. - photo by Herb Scribner
Married mothers are more religious than single and cohabiting mothers, according to a new study from the Bowling Green National Center for Family and Marriage Research.

The center researched the religious differences and similarities among single, cohabiting and married mothers in the United States. Overall, the research showed that married mothers attend religious services and value their religion more than other groups of mothers.

This chart shows that married mothers consider religion to be a "somewhat or very important part" of their lives, more than single and cohabiting mothers do. In fact, more married mothers consider religion important (79 percent) than all mothers combined (77 percent).

This next chart shows that married mothers (49 percent) also attend church more than single (39 percent) and cohabiting mothers (23 percent).

This disparity only increases as education increases for married mothers. As this third chart shows, married mothers, no matter their level of education, attend church more than other mothers except for when single mothers have at least a Bachelors Degree or higher.
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