National (Dis)identification and Ethnic and Religious Identity: A Study Among Turkish-Dutch Muslims

Maykel Verkuyten, Ali Aslan Yildiz

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National (dis)identification is examined in three studies among Turkish-Dutch Muslim participants. In explaining national (dis)identification, the first study focuses on ethnic identity, the second on ethnic and religious identity, and the third on three dimensions of religious identity. Many participants show low commitment to the nation, and many indicate national disidentification. In addition, there is very strong ethnic and religious identification. Ethnic and Muslim identifications relate negatively to Dutch identification and, in Study 3, to stronger Dutch disidentification. Furthermore, perceived group rejection is associated with increased ethnic minority and religious identification but also with decreased national Dutch identification. In addition, in Studies 1 and 2 the effect of perceived rejection on Dutch identification is (partly) mediated by minority group identification. The findings are discussed in relation to social psychological thinking about group identification, dual identities, and the importance of religion for intergroup relations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1448
Number of pages1
JournalPersonality and social psychology bulletin
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • national (dis)identification
  • Islam
  • ethnicity

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