Current directions of foreign researches of identity in adolescents



The article presents an overview of the results of empirical studies of the phenomenon of identity in adolescence over the past 5 years, published in the ResearchGate catalog. Based on the materials of modern foreign sources, two relevant areas of study of personal and social identity are considered. The first direction is associated with the study of the influence of language and communication on the formation of social identity. It is noted that social identity can be determined not only by what groups a teenager belongs to, but also to what extent he has communication skills of a verbal and non-verbal nature. The second direction reflects the importance of joint parental education for the formation of the personal identity of adolescents, which can have different vectors of development. It is shown that in the adaptive version, cooperation between parents contributes to the manifestation of a healthy personal identity, the formation of confidence and independence, reliance on the maladaptive variant undermines the formation of the identity of adolescents, and also generates many future contradictions and conflicts. The article presents the perspectives and possible limitations in the study of the personal and social identity of adolescents.

General Information

Keywords: personal identity, social identity, adolescence, language and communication, upbringing

Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology

Article type: review article


For citation: Volkov R.S., Sachkova M.Y. Current directions of foreign researches of identity in adolescents [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2022. Vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 122–130. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2022110211. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Roman S. Volkov, Postgraduate student of the Department of Social Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, Institute of Social Sciences, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Marianna Y. Sachkova, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Department of General Psychology, Institute of Social Sciences, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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