Cross-cultural perspectives on adolescents’ religiosity and family orientation

Mayer, Boris; Trommsdorff, Gisela (2012). Cross-cultural perspectives on adolescents’ religiosity and family orientation. In: Trommsdorff, Gisela; Chen, Xinyin (eds.) Values, religion, and culture in adolescent development. The Jacobs Foundation series on adolescence (pp. 341-369). New York: Cambridge University Press

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This chapter explores cultural and individual religious roots of adolescents' family orientation on the basis of multilevel analyses with data from 17 cultural groups. Religion and the family are seen as intertwined social institutions. The family as a source of social support has been identified as an important mediator of the effects of religiosity on adolescent developmental outcomes. The results of the current study show that religiosity was related to different aspects of adolescents' family orientation (traditional family values. value of children, and family future orientation), and that the culture-level effects of religiosity on family orientation were stronger than the individual-level effects. At the cultural level, socioeconomic development added to the effect of religiosity, indicating that societal affluence combined with nonreligious secular orientations is linked to a lower family orientation, especially with regard to traditional family values. The authors suggest that individual religiosity may be of special importance for adolescents' family orientation in contexts where religiosity has lost some significance but religious traditions are still alive and can be (re-)connected to.

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Book Section (Book Chapter)


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

UniBE Contributor:

Mayer, Boris


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology




The Jacobs Foundation series on adolescence


Cambridge University Press




Boris Mayer

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05 May 2014 10:55

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24 Jun 2015 08:03




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