Structure of religious identity of modern orthodox youth

Publication type Article
Status Published
Affiliation: Institute of Sociology
Address: 117218, Moscow, Krzhizhanovskiy str., 24/35, bldg.5, Russia.
Affiliation: Penza State University
Address: Russian Federation, 440026, Penza, Krasnaya str., 40, Russia
Affiliation: Moscow State Psychological and Pedagogical University
Address: Russian Federation, 127051, Moscow, Sretenka str., 29, Russia
Affiliation: Moscow State Psychological and Pedagogical University
Address: Russian Federation, 127051, Moscow, Sretenka str., 29, Russia
Journal namePsikhologicheskii zhurnal
EditionVolume 39 №4

The structure of religious identity of modern orthodox youth has been studied; verification of applicability of modern methodological tools that had been developed in the field of religion and social psychology to the construct under description has been conducted. The research was designed according to the tradition in study of religiosity proposed by G. Allport and continued by D. Van Camp. 341 respondents (94 boys, 247 girls) – students aged 17–22 from Penza and Smolensk participated in the research. D. Van Camp’s “Individual/Social Religious Identity Measure” (adaptation by V.A. Shorokhova and O.E. Khukhlaev) and C. Leach’s et al. “The Group Identification Scale” (adaptation by E.R. Agadullina and A.V. Lovakova) were used. It has been revealed that the structure of religious identity of Russian orthodox youth can be described by three factors: social component, individual component and out-of-confession. The most powerful is individual component of orthodox religiosity that reflects the faith as personal relations with God. The most important component of group orthodox identity (identification with religious group) is connected with subjective experiencing of positive emotions induced by belonging to the Orthodox Church.

Keywordsreligious identity, religiosity, social identification, the orthodox, youth
Publication date14.10.2018
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