Self-Image of Adolescents in the Protestant Family: A Study of Seventh-Day Adventist Families in Predominantly Orthodox Serbia

Author: Kuburic, Zorica
Year:2013
Pages:594
ISBN:0-7734-4331-2
978-0-7734-4331-0
Price:319.95
The subject of this research is the analysis of Protestant family life and its effect on the self-image development of adolescents in Yugoslavian society which underwent a rapid transition from general animosity toward religion to overwhelming dominance of a traditional church. Within this environment the Protestant family is doubly condemned.
This book, based on empirical research and backed up by theoretical studies, seeks to examine psychological and social consequences of growing up in these conditions: how it affects their self-image, social relationships, mental health, social adjustment, but also their own religious views. Although based on experiences of Adventist families, the findings of this research are not restricted only to this Protestant group or to Protestantism in general.

Reviews

“The foremost characteristic of this book is that it has been written honestly. The results achieved have been verified, the samples correspond to the true state of affairs, and the limits have been clearly established, so that one knows what the real conclusions is and what remains to be studied. And, it is admirably straightforward.”
-Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Birviš,
Ret., University of Belgrade, Faculty of Theology


“Apparently, although it deals with an extraordinarily rare and specific subject Zorica Kuburi?’s book discusses, in the best possible interdisciplinary way, actual problems of the modern family in the world and here, in our country. It takes into consideration of the vulnerability of the patriarchal family as Christian moral values and religion slowly disintegrates, challenging the reader to ask himself this usual question: do only some small religious communities of Protestants and some strict orthodox Christian believers maintain the patriarchal and dominant role of the father in the family today?”
-Prof. Vladeta Jeroti?,
Member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts


Table of Contents

FOREWORD JEROTI? & BIRVIŠ
PREFACE
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION
SUMMARY
I THEORETICAL PART
THE FAMILY

Socialization of the Person
The Behavior of Parents toward their Children
The Parental Acceptance-Rejection Theory
RELIGION

Forms of Religion
Functions of Religion
Classification of Religions
Belonging to World Religions
Typology of Religiosity and believers
Indicators of Religiosity
Belief of the Adventists
Ritual in the Adventist Church
Loyalty to the Church
Religion from the Sociological Perspective
Position of Adventism in Historical perspective
Position of Adventism in Historical perspective of the Church
Protestantism and Schisms
Adventists
Ellen White and her Role in the Adventist movement
Valuegenesis
About Small Religious Communities in Serbia
Religion, Education and Personality
YOUTH

The Self-Image of Adolescents
A Review of Earlier Research on Self-Image
Describing Different Variables of the Self
II EMPIRICAL RESEARCH
METHODOLOGY OF EMPIRICAL RESEARCH

The Subject and Goal of the Research
The Method
Sample
The Instruments of the Research
Statistical procedures in Use
RESULTS OF THE RESEARCH ON THE ADVENTIST FAMILY

The Uniqueness of the Adventist Family
The Rearing of Children in the Adventist Family
The Attitude of the Adventist Family to the Social Surroundings
The Effect of Religious Education
Self-Image of Young Adventists
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ADVENTISTS AND THOSE AROUND THEM

The Difference between the Adventist Family and the Family in the General Population
Differences between Adolescents
The Difference between the Parents of Adolescents
Differences between Young Men and Young Women
The Differences between Children of pastors and Children of Believers
FAMILIES OF ADOLESCENTSM

Goal of Upbringing
Family Upbringing
Religious Upbringing
From Parents’ Perspective
Family Atmosphere
About Significance of Family Union
RELIGIOSITY OF ADVENTISTS

Attitudes Towards God
Way of Salvation
Life style
Attitudes about the Church
SELF IMAGE OF ADOLESCENTS

Self-image of the Young from Religiously Mixed Families
Self-image of Young from Adventist Families and Those Arriving from “This World”
PRACTICAL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RESULTS

One Learns Love and Religiosity in a Family
Religion Flows into a Person through the Church
But It is also Frequently Deformed in It
Self-Image of a Religious Person
Torn between What is Allowed and What is Wanted
Christianity is a Religion of Love
Love toward Oneself and Love toward Others
CONCLUSION

In what Way is God revealed to Man in Christianity?
God in the Shadow of First Experiences
REFERENCES
APPENDIX
INDEX
ABOUT THE AUTHOR