Workgroup for Empiric Research of Religion (AGER)

Kathrin Brodbeck lic. theol. VDM

Kathrin BrodbeckI am interested in empiric research of religion because I am interested in what people believe, how they talk about their religiousness, whether their faith has an impact on their actions and which questions they are stirred by. How does a young adult talk about his religiousness, what does he think about the church he was confirmed in? What motivates young parents to have their daughter baptized? And what do those tell that claim not to believe in anything at all? I consider empiric research of religion as especially prolific when it is related to practice. Questions from the practice can initiate research and lead to insights that are ideally fed back into practice.

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Curriculum Vitae

September 2012 to August 2014: Scholarship of the Reformed Church of Berne-Jura-Solothurn for the dissertation “Youth: value orientation, religiousness and identity in the social network. A mixed-methods study”

November 2012 to December 2013: Locum Tenens in the Church of Münchenbuchsee-Moosseedorf (40%)

November 2009 to August 2012: PhD student and assistant (75%) at the Department of Pastoral Care and Pastoral Psychology, Theological Faculty, University of Berne, Prof. Dr. Dr. Christoph Morgenthaler, since February 2012: Prof. Dr. Isabelle Noth

November 2009: Ordination, admittance to the Bernese Church services

October 2002 to September 2008: Study of protestant theology in Berne and Rome

Dissertation project

The research project “Youth: value orientation, religiousness and identity in the social network. A mixed-methods study” is a sub-project of a broad youth study in the framework of the “National Research Program” (NFP 58) of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) that has been carried out in German-speaking Switzerland and South Germany (“Values and religious orientation in relation to identity development and mental health: Adolescent perspectives” (VROID-MHAP1-Study)).

750 adolescents have been surveyed in two survey waves (in 2008 and 2009). In late summer 2009, 25 of them have additionally been surveyed in guided interviews. The focus of my research is on the qualitative data that have been raised beside the quantitative data. The aim is to locate their argumentation of the young people in the context of their religiousness and their moral values. Equally important for the analysis is the question of their identity. Do the youth contribute to their identity negotiation)? Methodologically it is a “Mixed Method Study”. The data is analyzed with the software MAXQDA and to some extent quantified. In my dissertation I address the question of how young people respond with arguments to interreligious dilemmas and in which social networks they are at home. The surveyed youth belong to different denominations and religions. Important questions of the youth research are at the centre of the data evaluation: What values do the adolescents orient themselves by? What are their social networks? How religious are they and how is their religiousness expressed in the interviews? In what way are they searching for their identity? Findings to these questions are of far-reaching importance, for the youth of today are the adults of tomorrow.

Publications

Brodbeck, Kathrin: “Werte ins Spiel bringen. Jugendliche antworten auf interreligiöse Dilemma Situationen. Religiosität, Werte, Identität und die psychische Gesundheit Jugendlicher”. In: Käppler, Christoph & Morgenthaler (Hrsg.): Werteorientierung, Religiosität, Identität und die psychische Gesundheit Jugendlicher. Stuttgart : Kohlhammer, 2012, 165—188

Christl, Taylor, & Brodbeck, Kathrin: “Die Bedeutung von Religiosität für die Identitätsbildung von Jugendlichen. Religiosität, Werte, Identität und die psychische Gesundheit Jugendlicher”. In: Käppler, Christoph & Morgenthaler (Hrsg.): Werteorientierung, Religiosität, Identität und die psychische Gesundheit Jugendlicher. Stuttgart : Kohlhammer, 2012, 125—148

Brodbeck, Kathrin; Peng, Aristide; Christl, Taylor; Zehnder, Sabine; Käppler, Christoph & Morgenthaler, Christoph: “Adolescents' Values and Value Based Reasoning in Intercultural Dilemma Situations”. In: Journal of Empirical Theology, 24 (2011), Nr. 2, 157—179

Zehnder, Sabine; Christl, Taylor; Peng, Aristide; Brodbeck, Kathrin; Käppler, Christoph & Morgenthaler, Christoph: “Searching for religious identity between national and religious heritage and global expansion”. In: Anthony, Francis-Vincent & Ziebertz, Hans-Georg (Hrsg.): Religious identity and national heritage. Empirical-theological perspectives (Vol. 21). Leiden : Brill, 2012, 49—72

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Contact:

Prof. Dr. Stefan Huber
Faculty of Theology
Länggassstrasse 51
3012 Berne
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