Religious Identity in Foreign Psychological Studies: Theoretical Models and Research Methods



This article provides a detailed analysis of various foreign theoretical approaches and conceptions devoted to the study of religious identity. Religious identity is considered as a social psychological phenomenon of a particular structure, which differs in a number of ways from such similar concepts as religion, spirituality and religiosity. The article also presents and analyzes various scales that can be used to study religious identity within the framework of empirical research.

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Keywords: spirituality, religiosity, identity, religious identity, religious identity structure, religious identity measure

Journal rubric: Theoretical Research

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Shorokhova V.A. Religious Identity in Foreign Psychological Studies: Theoretical Models and Research Methods . Sotsial'naya psikhologiya i obshchestvo = Social Psychology and Society, 2014. Vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 44–61. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Valeriya A. Shorokhova, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor of the Department of Cross-cultural Psychology and Multicultural Education, Faculty of Social Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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