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
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 48
Issue 4
Start page 339
End page 367
Total pages 29
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
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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