A Cross-Cultural Study of Children's Perceptions of Selected Religious Concepts

  • Fatima Nazar
  • Kamiar Kouzekanani


This study was undertaken to explore perceptions of religious concepts in a sample of preschool children from three cultural settings, namely, Kuwait, the United States, and India. Participants were 219 children from one Kuwaiti public kindergarten, one private American kindergarten, and one private Indian preschool in the State of Kuwait. Several questions on general religious concepts such as God, angels, heaven, hell, the devil, and death were asked; responses were coded and analyzed to discuss the selected religious concepts with reference to the sociocultural factors in the three cultures.