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Psychological Science and Education

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 1814-2052

ISSN (online): 2311-7273


License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Started in 1996

Published 6 times a year

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Role Identity as an Integral Characteristic of Social Situation of Adolescent’s Development 2314

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 describes an experimental research of adolescents’ role identity. Main structural components of role identity are analyzed – role depth, role flexibility, locus of role conflict - their connection to personal and social characteristics of adolescent development is identified. Data is cited which illustrates the specifics of inner role conflict origination among adolescents. A hypothesis is made that role conflict at this age is based on position-role contradictions. A conclusion is made on the basis of analysis of empiric material that role identity can be rightfully viewed as an integral characteristic of social situation of adolescent’s development.

Keywords: adolescence, social situation of development, role identity, inner role conflict, position-role contradictions

Column: Psychology of education

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