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NCJ Number: 229430 Find in a Library
Title: Religious Group Relations Among Christian, Muslim and Nonreligious Early Adolescents in the Netherlands
Journal: Journal of Early Adolescence  Volume:30  Issue:1  Dated:February 2010  Pages:27-49
Author(s): Maykel Verkuyten; Jochem Thijs
Date Published: February 2010
Page Count: 22
Document: HTML (Publisher Site)
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined religious group evaluations among a group of Christian, Muslim, and nonreligious early adolescents in the Netherlands.
Abstract: This study conducted among Christian, Muslim, and nonreligious early adolescents living in the Netherlands used intergroup theory for examining religious group evaluations. There was evidence for a religious group divide with a third of the Christian and nonreligious participants explicitly indicating negative feelings toward Muslims, and Muslim children having negative feelings toward Christians, nonbelievers, and Jews. Furthermore, the Muslim early adolescents had high religious in-group identification and higher identification was associated with more negative feelings toward nonbelievers and Jews. In addition, the results show that increased opportunities in school for contact between early adolescents from different religious and nonreligious groups contributes to more positive group relations. It is argued that the pattern of results is in agreement with an intergroup perspective in which the role of the broader social context and the concrete situation is taken into account. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Behavioral science research; Cultural influences; Netherlands; Peer influences on behavior; Religion
Note: For additional articles in this special issue see NCJ-229429 and 229431-36.
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