Comparative study of the structure of psychosocial identity of various socio-age-related categories of modern Russians



The contribution presents the results of a comparative study of the dynamics of psychosocial development and structure of psychosocial identity of representatives of three socio-age-related categories of modern Russians: students, working professionals of the middle age, pensioners. It is shown that the middle-aged people have the most balanced structure of psychosocial identity. It is most discrete among the representatives of senior citizens. The students take the intermediate position in this respect. The author also identifies the destructive and the resource, from the point of view of the modern Russian society, peculiarities of psychosocial identity of the representatives of the three categories of testees. It is established that two tendencies of psychosocial development are evident in the modern Russian society: a considerably well-defined value conflict of generations combined with negative attitude toward the world and a dominating mindset for avoidance of failure, on the one hand, and, on the other hand, domination of self-perception as a considerably competent, capable subject combined with a well-defined, among the younger generation, need for self-fulfillment, confirmation of one’s uniqueness and inherent worth in the society.

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Keywords: psychosocial development, socio-age-related category

Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Mikhailova E.A. Comparative study of the structure of psychosocial identity of various socio-age-related categories of modern Russians [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie [Psychological Science and Education], 2012. Vol. 4, no. 2 (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Elena A. Mikhailova, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor of the Department of Social Pedagogy and Psychology, Moscow Pedagogical State University, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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