Muslim and Non-Muslim Adolescents’ Reasoning About Freedom of Speech and Minority Rights

Verkuyten, M. & Slooter, L., 2008, In : Child Development. 79, 3, p. 514 1 p.

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  • Maykel Verkuyten
  • Luuk Slooter
An experimental questionnaire study, conducted in the Netherlands, examined adolescents’ reasoning about freedom of speech and minority rights. Muslim minority and non-Muslim majority adolescents (12 – 18 years) made judgments of different types of behaviors and different contexts. The group membership of participants had a clear effect. Muslim participants were less in favor of freedom of speech if it involved the offending of religious beliefs and were more in favor of Muslim minority rights. There were also cross-group gender differences whereby parental practices that negatively affect females were more strongly rejected by Muslim females than by Muslim males and non-Muslim females and males. The findings are discussed with reference to social-cognitive domain theory and intergroup theories.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)514
Number of pages1
JournalChild Development
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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