The Importance of Religiosity and Cultural Maintenance for Self-Esteem: The Case of Second-Generation Turkish–Dutch Adolescents

  • Michael Bender
  • Iren Yeresyan
Part of the Advances in Immigrant Family Research book series (ADIMFAMRES, volume 1)


A substantial number of studies have shown that religiosity is associated with positive psychological outcomes across cultural contexts. Religious believers generally exhibit higher self-esteem and are generally better adjusted than nonbelievers (see Gebauer et al., Psychol Sci 23:158–160, 2012, for an overview). Such positive effects are generally evident when there is some value placed on religion. In many acculturation scenarios, the faith of the believer is not valued, and often experienced as culturally distant by the host society, as it is the case particularly for many Muslims of Turkish or Arab origin in Europe. Can there then be any positive effect of religiosity under such circumstances?


Host Society Host Culture Acculturative Process Religious Believer Turkish Immigrant 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Cross-Cultural PsychologyTilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Fakultät für Psychologie und Sportwissenschaft, Abteilung für PsychologieUniversity of BielefeldBielefeldGermany

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