Religiosity, family orientation, and life satisfaction: A cross-cultural developmental approach

Sabatier, Colette; Mayer, Boris; Friedlmeier, Mihaela; Lubiewska, Katarzyna; Trommsdorff, Gisela (2 July 2011). Religiosity, family orientation, and life satisfaction: A cross-cultural developmental approach (Unpublished). In: Regional Conference of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP). Istanbul, Turkey. 30.06.-03.07.2011.

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Family and religion are two social institutions that affect persons from childhood to old-age. Religion, as a cultural system, is seen as a resource for individual well-being and as sustaining family values and family cohesion. However, its impact is embedded in the cultural context of religiosity. From a developmental perspective, an important period of life for a quest of (or explicit disinterest in) spirituality, is adolescence. Drawing upon the culture-informed model of intergenerational relationships (Trommsdorff, 2006) and data from the Value-of-Children study, this study investigates the interplay between attitudes towards religiosity and family, and the life satisfaction of adolescents and their mothers across four western countries with a Christian tradition (France, Germany, Poland, USA). Results indicate for adolescents in all cultures that religiosity had a positive impact on adolescents’ family orientation, which was in turn related to a higher life satisfaction. No such pattern was observed for adults.

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07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Cognitive Psychology, Perception and Methodology

UniBE Contributor:

Mayer, Boris


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology




Boris Mayer

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28 Oct 2020 15:51

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05 Dec 2022 15:41




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