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Status of professional identity as a factor of person’s psychological adaptation in adolescence

Status of professional identity as a factor of person’s psychological adaptation in adolescence

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Recieved: 10/08/2022

Accepted: 11/21/2022

Published: 12/30/2022

Keywords: status of professional identity; psychological adaptation; basic beliefs; value orientations; adolescence

p.: 19–28

DOI: 10.11621/npj.2022.0403

Available online: 30.12.2022

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Olga A. Karabanova, Molchanov, Sergei V. . Status of professional identity as a factor of person’s psychological adaptation in adolescence. // National Psychological Journal 2022. 4. p.19–28. doi: 10.11621/npj.2022.0403

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Olga A. Karabanova Lomonosov Moscow State University

Molchanov, Sergei V. Lomonosov Moscow State University


Background. The difficulties of professional self-determination in a modern transitive society determine the relevance of studying the connection between psychological adaptation and the status of a person’s professional identity, regarded as an indicator of success in solving the key task of development in adolescence. The value core of professional self-determination poses the issue of the relationship between individual’s value orientations, the level of professional identity, and basic beliefs as an indicator of the level of psychological adaptation. 

Objective. The paper aims to study the relationship between the status of a person’s professional identity in adolescence and the characteristics of psychological adaptation. Objectives include studying (1) the relationship between the status of professional identity and the basic beliefs of the individual as an indicator of psychological adaptation; (2) the characteristics of the value orientations of an individual in connection with the status of professional identity and the level of psychological adaptation. 

Methods. The World Assumptions Scale (WAS) by R. Yanoff-Bulman in the adaptation of M. Padun and A. Kotelnikova; a technique to determine the status of identity in the field of professional self-determination by D. Marcia, modified by O. Karabanova and V. Orestova; Portrait Values Questionnaire-Revised (PVQ-R) by Sh. Schwartz were used. 

Sample. 102 respondents participated in the study: 35.4% are boys, 54.4% are girls aged 16 to 18. 

Results. The K-means method was applied. 2 clusters were identified, differing in the level of psychological adaptation. Differences in the level of basic beliefs and value orientations were revealed in groups with the status of diffusion and moratorium, diffusion and achieved identity (Mann-Whitney test, p ≤ 0.05). Differences in value orientations were revealed between groups with different levels of psychological adaptation (Mann — Whitney test, р ≤ 0.05). 

Conclusion. The status of professional identity in adolescence is associated with the level of psychological adaptation of the individual. High statuses of identity (achieved identity and moratorium) correspond to a high level of psychological adaptation, identity diffusion corresponds to a low level of it. A high level of psychological well-being and adaptation is determined by the balance of the values of autonomy and self-affirmation and the universal values of social interests and public well-being. 

Funding. The study has been supported by Russian Science Foundation (RSF), project No. 22-18-00230 “Psychological adaptation predictors of the individual in the situation of global risks of the digital world: intergenerational and gender analysis”.


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Olga A. Karabanova, Molchanov, Sergei V. . Status of professional identity as a factor of person’s psychological adaptation in adolescence. // National Psychological Journal 2022. 4. p.19–28. doi: 10.11621/npj.2022.0403

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