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The Significance Of Religion For Adolescents: Conception Of And First Results From The VROID-MHAP-Study

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This chapter talks about the goal to describe different aspects of religion and to present the value orientations of young people and aims to understand how religiosity and value systems are connected. In the most recent Shell-Youth-Study developmental aspects are discussed but not empirically researched. Adolescents affiliated with non-Christian religious communities were also recruited through cooperation with relevant religious organizations and extra-curricular religious education programmes. The sample is described based on demographic characteristics, type of school, family and religious background, and migration background. A selection of results based on the answers to the questions by young people is presented categorized by religious group and gender. The attitudes of different religious groups is compared. Both Muslim and Hindu groups show great support for religious plurality and object to Christianity being the most important religion in Switzerland.

Keywords: Christianity; Hindu; migration background; Muslim; religion; Shell-Youth-Study ; Switzerland; VROID-MHAP



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