From a collection of identities to collective identity: evidence from mainstream and minority adolescents in Bulgaria

Dimitrova, Radosveta, Chasiotis, Athanasios, Bender M. and van de Vijver Fons J. R. (2014) From a collection of identities to collective identity: evidence from mainstream and minority adolescents in Bulgaria. Cross-Cultural Research, 48 4: 339-367. doi:10.1177/1069397114523922


Author Dimitrova, Radosveta
Chasiotis, Athanasios
Bender M.
van de Vijver Fons J. R.
Title From a collection of identities to collective identity: evidence from mainstream and minority adolescents in Bulgaria
Journal name Cross-Cultural Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1069-3971
1552-3578
Publication date 2014-11-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1069397114523922
Volume 48
Issue 4
Start page 339
End page 367
Total pages 29
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract We studied collective identity and psychological well-being in Bulgarian adolescents (305 mainstreamers, 278 Turkish-Bulgarians, and 183 Muslim-Bulgarians). Turkish-Bulgarian and Muslim-Bulgarian minorities (ethnic Bulgarians converted to Islam during the Ottoman Empire) have been subjected to severe assimilation policies until recently. A multigroup confirmatory analysis showed that ethnic, religious, and familial identities were significantly and positively related to a single underlying factor we labeled collective identity. Bulgarian identity was unrelated to collective identity in the Turkish-Bulgarian group. As expected, mainstream adolescents showed a stronger Bulgarian and weaker religious identity than Turkish-Bulgarian and Muslim-Bulgarian adolescents. In all groups, individuals with a stronger collective identity reported higher levels of well-being. We conclude that the concept of collective identity is useful to link various identity components to well-being of youth from different ethnic groups.
Keyword Ethnic identity
Familial identity
Religious identity
Turkish-Bulgarian and Muslim-Bulgarian minority
Well-being
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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