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date: 19 November 2017

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Values, morals, and religious beliefs are organizing factors in the development of self- and worldviews. These factors are assumed to be a driving force in adolescents’ agentic regulation of development, which is embedded in the cultural context and influenced by universal and culturally specific processes. Adolescents regulate their individual development by integrating values, morals, and religious purpose in line with their self- and worldviews to achieve an optimal cultural fit. First, the relations among culture, self-views, and worldviews in adolescent development are discussed. Second, selected culture-informed studies on values, morals, and religious purpose as part of self- and worldviews are presented. Third, the focus is on the developmental conditions relating these aspects. In the conclusion, a model bridging the lens of culture and the lens of adolescent development is suggested, specifying some psychologically relevant factors in this process.

Keywords: culture, values, moral, religion, adolescent development, self-view, worldview, autonomy, relatedness

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