The Relationship between Identity and Behavior: A Longitudinal Study and Online Intervention

The Relationship between Identity and Behavior: A Longitudinal Study and Online Intervention

Funding

This project is supported by a grant of the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitization, CNCS/CCCDI – UEFISCDI, project number PN-III-P4-ID-PCE-2020-0179, within PNCDI III, awarded to Oana Negru-Subtirica.

Project duration

January 2021 – December 2023

Project background

In a 21st century of multiple identities and excessive information, a clear and coherent image of who you are is a core asset. A recent meta-analysis on youth career decisions found, for the first time, a significant effect of values and identity commitments on life decision-making (Whiston, Li, Mitts, & Wright, 2017), while another pointed out that strong identity commitments are longitudinally linked to positive outcomes across adolescence (Meeus, 2016). As educational goals and plans are decisive for life success in adulthood, the formation of an adaptive and coherent educational identity is crucial (Verhoeven, Poorthuis, & Volman, 2019). Recent OECD studies have pointed out that adolescent educational goals, at a global level (Mann et al., 2020) and for STEM subjects (Kuhl, Liang, Guerriero, & Van Damme, 2019), are not anchored in personally-relevant and reflective exploration. Educational goals are rather decided by the school context, with the student playing a passive role in projecting his/her personal values and goals into these choices. These troubling findings make school-based interventions that strengthen adaptive educational commitments a necessity, to prepare young generations for a future labor market marked by perpetual technological change.

Project objectives

This research project aims to:

  • analyze the longitudinal dynamic co-development of a multi-level educational identity in early adolescence;
  • investigate the mediating and moderating role of core personal and school factors in the development of a multi-level educational identity;
  • construct an online intervention focused on middle-schoolers’ multi-level educational identity;
  • identify and longitudinally operationalize relevant behaviors for a multi-level educational identity;
  • test, implement, and evaluate the online intervention in the context of the longitudinal panel study.

Project team

Associate prof. Oana Negru-Subtirica, PhD (project director) – oananegru@psychology.ro

Professor Adrian Opre, PhD
Professor Oana Benga, PhD
Lecturer Lavinia E. Damian, PhD
Eleonora Ioana Pop, PhD
PhD student Casandra Timar-Anton
PhD student Cătălina Petruș-Pop

PhD student Bianca. V. Marinică

Publications

Timar-Anton, C., Negru-Subtirica, O., & Opre, A. (2021). The development and testing of a mobile self-tracking app to strengthen identity commitments through personal goals. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 151, 102642. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhcs.2021.102642IF: 3.632, Q1

Conference papers

2021 Marinica, B.V., Negru-Subtirica, O. Online volunteering during a pandemic: Physical isolation and organization commitment. Paper presented at the National Conference of the Association of Psychologists from Romania, Virtual conference (11-14 November).

2021 Marinica, B.V., Negru-Subtirica, O. Self-efficacy and hope in times of COVID: what makes a difference for emerging adult volunteers? Paper presented at the 10th Conference of the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood (SSEA), Virtual conference (4-5 November).

2021 Marinica, B.V., Negru-Subtirica, O. Volunteering as a path towards meaning: relations between reasons for volunteering and meaning in life. Paper presented at 10th Conference of the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood (SSEA), Virtual conference (4-5 November).

2021 Petrus-Pop, C., Negru-Subtirica, O. Principles for promoting identity exploration within the curriculum: A critical analysis for the Romanian educational context. Paper presented at the Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Society Conference, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (15th July).

2021 Timar-Anton, C., Negru-Subtirica, O., & Opre, A. Associations between identity processes and goal disengagement and re-engagement. Poster presented at the 27th Annual Conference of the International Society for Research on Identity Conference (ISRI), Virtual conference (3-4 June).

2021 Timar-Anton, C., Negru-Subtirica, O., & Opre, A. The role of goal disengagement and reengagement in students’ study goals. Paper presented at the 10th Conference of the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood (SSEA), Virtual conference (4-5 November).

 

Awards

2021 Timar-Anton, C., Negru-Subtirica, O., & Opre, A. Best Poster Award at the 27th Anual Conference of the International Society for Research on Identity Conference (ISRI), Virtual conference (3-4 June) for the poster entitled: Associations between identity processes and goal disengagement and re-engagement.

UEFISCDI
Self and Identity Lab
Psychology Department
Babeș Bolyai University