Sociocultural determinants of subculture orientation in adolescents



We analyze the results of the study of the influence of sociocultural determinants on the formation of youth subcultures. An introduction to the subculture is understood as one of the stages of individualization and formation of the young person as a member of society. In the described study, we tested the assumption that the orientation of adolescents on a subculture or the dominant culture is due to different sociocultural determinants (society, small group and personality). The participants were 304 high schools students, average age 15.2 years. With the use of a number of diagnostic techniques and factor analysis, we revealed the sociocultural determinants of adolescents’ orientation on the dominant culture or gamers subculture. Experts attention is drawn to the consideration of the specific of identified sociocultural determinants that will boost the effectiveness of the preventive and remedial work programs aimed at developing in teenagers the means of constructive intercultural interaction, focused on different levels of the organization culture.

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Keywords: sociocultural determinants, the dominant culture, subculture, gamers, intercultural interaction

Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Litvinova A.V. Sociocultural determinants of subculture orientation in adolescents [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie [Psychological Science and Education], 2014. Vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 37–46. DOI: 10.17759/psyedu.2014060106. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Anna V. Litvinova, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of Scientific Basis of Extreme Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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