Symbolic Interactionism as a Theoretical Lens for Understanding the Creation and Continuance of Intimate Christian Relationships

By Charles B. Hennon and Gary W. Peterson.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Symbolic Interactionism examines situations from the perspective of individuals seeking to make meaningful responses to their social circumstances in ways consistent with their self-conceptions. Individuals strive to define situations with the intent of constructing shared meanings so that competent social interaction can result. Dating/married relationships are examples of interpersonal associations that are jointly defined and constructed. Consistent with the assertion that further conceptions of the relationship between religion and family dynamics are required, a theory of mate selection and marriage is provided. The special case of evangelical or “born again” Christianity is used to illustrate the model.

Keywords: Christian, Intimate Relationships, Religiosity, Symbolic Interactionism, Theory Development

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 9, pp.83-94. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 769.566KB).

Dr. Charles B. Hennon

Professor, Family Studies and Social Work, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA

Charles B. Hennon is Professor, Department of Family Studies and Social Work, and Associate Director, Center for Human Development, Learning, and Technology at Miami University. Educated at Geneva College and Case-Western Reserve University, he is the founding Editor of the Journal of Family and Economic Issues. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the John. E. Dolibois European Center, Grand Duchy de Luxembourg, as well as at several universities in Brazil and Europe. His scholarly interests include family life education and other family supports and interventions, family stress, rural families worldwide, and families in cultural context. Dr. Hennon is a certified family life educator and is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and books including co-editing Families in a Global Context

Dr. Gary W. Peterson

Chair, Family Studies and Social Work, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA

Gary W. Peterson is Chair and Professor of Family Studies and Social Work, at Miami University. He was educated at University of Nebraska at Lincoln and Brigham Young University. His scholarly interests include parent-adolescent relationships in international context, theory construction, and low-income youth in rural America, especially in Appalachian families. Dr. Peterson is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and books including co-editing Cultural and Cross-national Perspectives on Parent-child Relations. He previously was co-editor of Marriage and Family Review.

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