The Role of Religious Identity and Perceived Psychological Closeness in Parent-Child Value Similarity: Comparison of Religious Minority and Majority

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Zarina Lepshokova

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Victoria Galyapina

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Nadezhda Lebedeva

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Date Written: December 22, 2015

Abstract

This paper describes the impact of religious identity and perceived parent-child psychological closeness on their value similarity in different religious contexts (contexts of religious minority and majority). The total sample includes 454 respondents. Parents and adolescent children of 118 Russian Orthodox Christian families from the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic (KBR) (with 72% Muslim population) and 109 Russian Orthodox families from the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania (RNO-A) (with 91% Orthodox population) were surveyed using a questionnaire measuring values (PVQ-R of Schwartz), religious identity and scales of perceived parent-child closeness assessed by parents and adolescents developed by the authors. The results of structural equation modelling showed that religious identity of Russian Orthodox adolescents in KBR predicts parent-child value similarity (PCVS), while the perceived psychological closeness of adolescents with their parents negatively related to their value similarity. In RNO-A parental religious identity and psychological closeness assessed by both parents and children predict the PCVS. The discussion of the results is devoted to the role of religious context in the impact of religious identity and perceived psychological closeness on PCVS.

Keywords: values, religious identity, perceived psychological closeness, religious context, Russian Orthodox Christians, the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic, the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania

JEL Classification: Z

Suggested Citation

Lepshokova, Zarina and Galyapina, Victoria and Lebedeva, Nadezhda, The Role of Religious Identity and Perceived Psychological Closeness in Parent-Child Value Similarity: Comparison of Religious Minority and Majority (December 22, 2015). Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 54/PSY/2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2707071 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2707071

Zarina Lepshokova

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

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Victoria Galyapina (Contact Author)

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

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Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

Nadezhda Lebedeva

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

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