Religious Involvement and the Social Competence and Adjustment of Indonesian Muslim Adolescents

Doran C. French, Nancy Eisenberg, Julie Vaughan, Urip Purwono, Telie A. Suryanti

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This study assessed the relation between religious involvement and multiple indices of competence in 183 eighth- and ninth-grade Indonesian Muslim adolescents (M = 13.3 years). The authors assessed spirituality and religiosity using both parent and adolescent reports, and social competence and adjustment using multiple measures and data sources. Structural equation modeling analyses revealed that parent and adolescent reports of religiosity and spirituality yielded a single religious involvement latent variable that was related to peer group status, academic achievement, emotional regulation, prosocial behavior, antisocial/problem behavior, internalizing behavior, and self-esteem. The consistency of relations between religious involvement and competence may be in part attributable to the collectivist context of religion in West Java, Indonesia, within which people exhibit strong beliefs in Islam and religion permeates daily life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)597-611
Number of pages15
JournalDevelopmental psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2008


  • cultural psychology
  • religion
  • social competence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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