Being Young and Strictly Religious

Authors Anne-Marije de Bruin-Wassinkmaat , Jos de Kock , Elsbeth Visser-Vogel , Cok Bakker , Marcel Barnard
Published in Identify: An interntional journal of Theory and Research
Publication date 2019
Research groups Normative Professionalisation
Type Article


Strictly religious adolescents grow up in highly religious contexts with orthodox beliefs and practices that usually contrast with those of pluralist and secularized societies that can be perceived as promoting unhealthy religious identity development. For these adolescents, religious identity development may be a challenge; however, there seems to be a lack of theoretical and empirical understanding of how these adolescents develop their religious identities. To address this, a literature review was conducted, and 15 studies were selected after the application of selection criteria. This review focuses on the characteristics of these studies to understand the religious identity development of strictly religious adolescents. Implications for theory development and further empirical research are discussed.


  • Cok Bakker lector NP
    Cok Bakker
    • Professor
    • Research groups: Normative Professionalisation

Language English
Published in Identify: An interntional journal of Theory and Research
Year and volume 19 1
Key words religious identity development, strictly religious, adolescence, highly religious context, literature review
Digital Object Identifier https://doi-org/10.1080/15283488.2019.1566067
Page range 62-79