The Phenomenon of Vagrancy from the Perspective of Psychosocial Theory of Development: Origins, Nature and Prevention Guidelines



The paper addresses the issue of vagrancy as a social psychological phenomenon determined by personality deviations. It clarifies the conceptual relationship between the notions of 'vagrancy/homelessness' commonly used in practice-oriented research. As it is revealed, vagrancy as a social psychological phenomenon can be interpreted in terms of one's dysfunctional resolution of the basic conflicts of psychosocial development in the early stages of the epigenetic cycle. The paper also outlines the key tasks for practicing psychologists faced with the challenge of vagrancy prevention.

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Keywords: vagrancy, psychosocial development, time confusion, pathological self-awareness, role fixation

Journal rubric: Applied Research and Practice

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Ilyin V.A., Bonkalo S.V. The Phenomenon of Vagrancy from the Perspective of Psychosocial Theory of Development: Origins, Nature and Prevention Guidelines . Sotsial'naya psikhologiya i obshchestvo = Social Psychology and Society, 2015. Vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 150–156. DOI: 10.17759/sps.2015060311. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Valery A. Ilyin, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Professor of the Department of Social Pedagogy and Psychology, Moscow Pedagogical State University, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Sergey V. Bonkalo, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of Work Psychology and Service, Russian State Social University, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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