Portraits of American Life Study
Hosted by The ARDA
The PALS seeks to understand the impact of religion in everyday life, and ultimately the connections between religious change and other forms of change among diverse individuals and families over the course of their lives.
Results & Summaries

Relationship Behaviors

  All frequencies weighted by LOWEIGHT


Thinking about your relationship with your spouse/partner in the past year, how often would you say that your spouse/partner expresses affection or love for you? (ARH1W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-7) Refused182.2
-4) Dont know3.4
1) Never151.8
2) Rarely232.8
3) Once or twice a month485.7
4) Once a week566.7
5) A few times a week15118.1
6) Once a day16920.2
7) More than once a day35342.2
Missing480 
TOTAL836100.0
Thinking about your relationship with your spouse/partner in the past year, how often would you say that your spouse/partner expresses affection or love for you? (ARH1) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Never131.6
2) Rarely293.5
3) About once a month263.2
4) A few times a month566.8
5) More than once a week11714.3
6) About every day58070.6
Missing492 
TOTAL821100.0
Thinking about your relationship with your spouse/partner in the past year, how often would you say that your spouse/partner compliments you for the work you do around the house or as a parent? (ARH2W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-7) Refused141.7
-4) Dont know1.1
1) Never202.4
2) Rarely9110.9
3) Once or twice a month11714
4) Once a week11814.1
5) A few times a week24829.7
6) Once a day11714
7) More than once a day10812.9
Missing480 
TOTAL834100.0
Thinking about your relationship with your spouse/partner in the past year, how often would you say that your spouse/partner compliments you for the work you do around the house or as a parent? (ARH2) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Never242.9
2) Rarely8410.2
3) About once a month728.8
4) A few times a month14417.5
5) More than once a week24429.7
6) About every day25330.8
Missing492 
TOTAL821100.0
Thinking about your relationship with your spouse/partner in the past year, how often would you say that your spouse/partner performs small acts of kindness for you (for example, making you coffee in the morning)? (ARH3W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-7) Refused141.7
-4) Dont know00
1) Never222.6
2) Rarely495.9
3) Once or twice a month678
4) Once a week8510.2
5) A few times a week19022.8
6) Once a day16219.4
7) More than once a day24429.3
Missing480 
TOTAL833100.0
Thinking about your relationship with your spouse/partner in the past year, how often would you say that your spouse/partner performs small acts of kindness for you (for example, making you coffee in the morning)? (ARH3) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Never192.3
2) Rarely354.3
3) About once a month344.1
4) A few times a month8910.8
5) More than once a week23728.9
6) About every day40749.6
Missing492 
TOTAL821100.0
Thinking about your relationship with your spouse/partner in the past year, how often would you say that your spouse/partner insults or harshly criticizes you? (ARH4W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-7) Refused141.7
-4) Dont know00
1) Never21625.9
2) Rarely33840.6
3) Once or twice a month12615.1
4) Once a week485.8
5) A few times a week576.8
6) Once a day263.1
7) More than once a day81
Missing480 
TOTAL833100.0
Thinking about your relationship with your spouse/partner in the past year, how often would you say that your spouse/partner insults or harshly criticizes you? (ARH4) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Never20925.4
2) Rarely33040.1
3) About once a month8610.5
4) A few times a month10612.9
5) More than once a week668
6) About every day253
Missing492 
TOTAL822100.0
Thinking about your relationship with your spouse/partner in the past year, how often would you say that your spouse/partner hits or slaps you? (ARH5W1) -- Wave 1 (2006)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused91.1
-4) Dont know00
1) Never78394.1
2) Rarely354.2
3) Once or twice a month3.4
4) Once a week2.2
5) A few times a week00
Missing480 
TOTAL832100.0
In the past year, how often would you say you and your spouse/partner pray together, not including before meals and at religious services? (ARH6W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-7) Refused131.6
-4) Dont know00
1) Never36844.1
2) Rarely20224.2
3) Once or twice a month9211
4) Once a week303.6
5) A few times a week526.2
6) Once a day495.9
7) More than once a day283.4
Missing480 
TOTAL834100.0
In the past year, how often would you say you and your spouse/partner pray together, not including before meals and at religious services? (ARH6) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Never34542.2
2) Rarely22127
3) About once a month404.9
4) A few times a month637.7
5) More than once a week587.1
6) About every day9111.1
Missing497 
TOTAL818100.0
In the past year, how often would you say you and your spouse/partner talk or read about religion, God, or spirituality together? (ARH7W1) -- Wave 1 (2006)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused121.4
-4) Dont know00
1) Never16219.5
2) Rarely22627.2
3) Once or twice a month16920.3
4) Once a week9711.7
5) A few times a week9110.9
6) Once a day374.4
7) More than once a day384.6
Missing480 
TOTAL832100.0
Though your child or children are not living with you, how often do you communicate with your child or children, whether in person or through other means? (ARH8W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-7) Refused111.2
-4) Dont know4.4
1) Never202.2
2) Rarely111.2
3) Once or twice a week434.6
4) Once a week758.1
5) A few times a week14315.4
6) Once a day13014
7) More than once a day49353
Missing384 
TOTAL930100.0
How often do you communicate with your child or children, whether in person or through other means? (ARH8) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Never111.1
2) Rarely202
3) About once a month242.4
4) A few times a month595.9
5) More than once a week22622.8
6) About every day65365.8
Missing322 
TOTAL993100.0
How often do you eat at the table with your child or children? (ARH9W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-7) Refused121.3
-4) Dont know7.8
1) Never10611.4
2) Rarely9810.5
3) Once or twice a month14015.1
4) Once a week626.7
5) A few times a week17118.4
6) Once a day18519.9
7) More than once a day14916
Missing384 
TOTAL930100.0
How often do you eat at the table with your child or children? (ARH9) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Never818.2
2) Rarely20720.9
3) About once a month10911
4) A few times a month15415.6
5) More than once a week12712.8
6) About every day31231.5
Missing324 
TOTAL990100.0
How often do you yell at your child or children? (ARH10W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-7) Refused111.2
-4) Dont know4.4
1) Never30032.3
2) Rarely29431.6
3) Once or twice a month636.8
4) Once a week576.1
5) A few times a week12613.5
6) Once a day576.1
7) More than once a day181.9
Missing384 
TOTAL930100.0
How often do you yell at your child or children? (ARH10) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Never34835.1
2) Rarely32532.8
3) About once a month545.4
4) A few times a month899
5) More than once a week11211.3
6) About every day646.5
Missing322 
TOTAL992100.0
How often do you talk or read about religion, God, or spirituality with your child or children? (ARH11W1) -- Wave 1 (2006)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused151.6
-4) Dont know6.6
1) Never17919.2
2) Rarely22324
3) Once or twice a month19621.1
4) Once a week9810.5
5) A few times a week13214.2
6) Once a day475.1
7) More than once a day343.7
Missing384 
TOTAL930100.0
Overall, how close do you feel to your children? (ARH12W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-7) Refused111.2
-4) Dont know4.4
1) Not at all close8.9
2) A little close232.5
3) Fairly close808.6
4) Very close30232.5
5) Extremely close50254
Missing384 
TOTAL930100.0
Overall, how close do you feel to your children? (ARH12) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Not at all close111.1
2) A little close393.9
3) Fairly close11111.2
4) Very close27027.2
5) Extremely close56256.6
Missing321 
TOTAL993100.0
Thinking about your relationship with your spouse/partner in the past year, how often would you say that your spouse/partner expresses affection or love for you? (ARH1) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Never131.6
2) Rarely293.5
3) About once a month263.2
4) A few times a month566.8
5) More than once a week11714.3
6) About every day58070.6
Missing492 
TOTAL821100.0


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