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Cultural-Historical Psychology

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 1816-5435

ISSN (online): 2224-8935


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Adolescent Crisis and the Problem of Role Identity 4041


Rubtsova O.V.
PhD in Psychology, Head of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research of Contemporary Childhood, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia

The article touches upon the problem of role identity in the context of adolescence. In the framework of the research role identity is perceived as socio personality and socio-cognitive construct, in which personality, cognitive and social components are integrated and mediated, thus the study of role identity in adolescence gives the opportunity to trace the profound connection between transformations which occur within personality and the changes that take place in the teenager's social situation of development. The idea is put forward that teenagers' role identity is characterized by the presence of inner role conflict which represents the contradiction between the teenager's imaginary and actual role behavior. Inner role conflict illustrates the complex relationship between the real and the ideal form, depicted by L. S. Vygotsky. It is argued that inner role conflict underlies adolescent crisis and that the problem of solving the conflict can contribute to the overcoming of the crisis itself. The conception is illustrated by the results of a pilot study that was carried out in three different schools in Moscow, Russia, among one approximately one hundred teenagers.

Keywords: age crisis, adolescence, role identity, inner role conflict, psychological role, social role, position

Column: Developmental Psychology

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