Role Identity as an Integral Characteristic of Social Situation of Adolescent’s Development



The article describes an experimental research of adolescents’ role identity. Main structural components of role identity are analyzed – role depth, role flexibility, locus of role conflict - their connection to personal and social characteristics of adolescent development is identified. Data is cited which illustrates the specifics of inner role conflict origination among adolescents. A hypothesis is made that role conflict at this age is based on position-role contradictions. A conclusion is made on the basis of analysis of empiric material that role identity can be rightfully viewed as an integral characteristic of social situation of adolescent’s development.

General Information

Keywords: adolescence, social situation of development, role identity, inner role conflict, position-role contradictions

Journal rubric: Educational Psychology

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Rubtsova O.V. Role Identity as an Integral Characteristic of Social Situation of Adolescent’s Development. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie = Psychological Science and Education, 2011. Vol. 16, no. 5, pp. 5–13. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Olga V. Rubtsova, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor of the Department of "Age Psychology named after prof .L.F. Obukhova" of the Faculty of "Psychology of Education", Head of the "Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Modern Childhood", Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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