Influencing contextual factors in the religious identity development of strict-reformed raised emerging adults in the Netherlands

Anne-Marije de Bruin-Wassinkmaat, Jos de Kock, Elsbeth Visser-Vogel, Cok Bakker, M. Barnard

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    Abstract

    Religious identity development is highly influenced by contexts. This
    influence is even more powerful for young people who grew up in
    strict religious contexts because of the prominence of orthodox
    beliefs and practices in everyday life. This article presents which contextual
    factors were influential on the religious identity development
    of 18 emerging adults who grew up in strict Reformed contexts in
    the Netherlands. Moreover, it presents characteristics that led the
    participants to consider the influence as positive or negative. In the
    study, the perspective of the emerging adults was central, and
    through in-depth life story interviews, contextual influence
    was explored.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)383-398
    JournalReligious Education
    Volume116
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2021

    Keywords

    • emerging adults; religious identity development; influence; contextual factors; strict reformed upbringing

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