Religious Identity Exploration in the Life Stories of Strictly 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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    This article presents the findings from a qualitative study on the religious identity
    exploration processes and experiences of emerging adults who grew up in strictly
    Reformed contexts in the Netherlands. We discuss three forms of exploration that
    appeared in our data: asking questions, exploring alternatives and rebelling against
    things that are disallowed or undesirable in the strictly Reformed tradition. We also
    discuss patterns that emerged from our analysis of exploration related to participants’
    current religious identity commitments and a strictly Reformed upbringing. Finally,
    we discuss our findings and propose directions for further research and implications
    for those who guide youth in religious identity development.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)224-246
    Number of pages23
    JournalJournal of Youth and Theology
    Publication statusPublished - 2021


    • religious identity exploration – life stories – emerging adults – strictly Reformed – the Netherlands

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