Developing Structural Components of Ecological Consciousness to Promote Civic Identity Formation



The article deals with the development of structural components of environmental consciousness for the formation of an individual’s civic identity.The psychodiagnostic research was conducted using the data collected from the first- to fourth-year students.In total, 130 students from various fields of study participated in this study, including students in the Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Technology departments.The study was carried out using the techniques developed by the authors and the technique by S.D.Deryabo and V.A.Yasvin ‘EZOP’.To check the relationship between the ecological attitude and the civic identity of the individual, we used mathematical methods.We hypothesized that the civic identity, which reflects the affiliation of an individual to the civil society of a particular state, has a complex multi-component structure and includes the structural components of the ecological consciousness; therefore, by promoting the development of the structural components of the ecological consciousness, we can contribute to the formation of the civic identity as well.Based on the obtained results, we conclude that the ecological consciousness and its structural components (in particular, the ecological attitude) are closely related to the civic identity of the individual.We show that developing environmental attitudes in students has a positive impact on the formation of their civic identity.This study concludes that there is a direct relationship between the development of environmental attitudes and such structural components of the civic identity as the attitude towards other, people, family, homeland, and nature.

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Keywords: development of ecological attitude, formation of civic identity, ecological consciousness, components of ecological consciousness, students.

Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology


For citation: Sorokoumova E.A., Cherdymova E.I. Developing Structural Components of Ecological Consciousness to Promote Civic Identity Formation. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie = Psychological Science and Education, 2021. Vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 102–112. DOI: 10.17759/pse.2021260107. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Elena A. Sorokoumova, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Department of Psychology and Psychological Counseling, Moscow Pedagogical State University, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Elena I. Cherdymova, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Samara National Research University named after academician S.P.Korolev, Samara, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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