The Significance of the Greek Orthodox Religion for Second Generation Greek-Australian Young Women
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This paper discusses the significance of the Greek Orthodox religion for young Greek Australian women. The findings of a qualitative study undertaken in Melbourne, Australia in 2013 indicate that for these granddaughters of Greek immigrants, their Greek Orthodox faith is a marker of Greek identity and also a source of resilience and social support. This is a major aspect of the cultural perspective that has been passed down from elders to these young women who indicate that their faith, expressed as belief in God, the Greek Orthodox religion, prayer, miracles and the sacraments of the Church, gives them comfort, support and emotional well-being, and serves as an important source of resilience. This paper describes the elements of religious belief that shape these young women’s perspective and discusses the role of religion in their wellbeing and overall affective state.
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