One of the key developmental tasks for young people is the development of a personal and social identity – to have the experience of belonging to a group. Successful completion of this developmental task is associated with optimal civic engagement as well as individual well-being.
Globalization, de-contextualization, and migration result in more diverse societies. This will result in less traditional moral and behavioural guidelines. The task of developing a clear identity can be especially challenging for youth from minority groups, such as ethnic or sexual minorities or youth with specific handicaps or gifts.
The focus of this research pillar is how relational, societal and cultural contexts affect the sense of belonging in development and subsequent positive civic engagement
This pillar exists of several related subthemes, thereby addressing several contemporary scientific and societal challenges and questions:
- How does having a specific label (resulting from an illness, diagnostic label, minority status, giftedness etc.) affect identity development?
- How can socializers such as parents and teachers promote successful societal participation of youth?
- How can neighbourhoods and communities promote development of norms and values and successful participation of youth?
- How do aggressive behaviours (e.g. bullying) affect personal identity, and how does youth collective identity result in civic engagement in youth groups?
- How do inter-ethnical and intercultural relationships affect identity development (ethnic and personal identity) of minority and majority youth?
- What is the role of intercultural contact between peers in identity formation? How do youth balance between integration and their cultural/religious/language heritage?
- How is language used to construe personal and group identity, for example in narratives?
- And how can we understand and prevent radicalization?
- How does the use of (new) media and participation in youth sports affect identity development of youth?
These research projects are currently running within the research pillar of Belonging:
These principal investigators are currently working on the research pillar of Belonging:
For every faculty, these are the researchers that are involved in the research pillar of Belonging (apart from the principal investigators).
Prof. dr. Cok Bakker
Dr. Christoph Baumgartner
Dr. Margot van den Berg
Prof. dr. Jos van Berkum
Dr. Olivia da Costa Fialho
Dr. Aoju Chen
Dr. Feike Dietz
Prof. dr. Marcus Düwell
Prof. dr. Martin Everaert
Dr. Frank Hakemulder
Dr. Annemarie Kalis
Dr. Marijana Marelj
Dr. Hannah de Mulder
Dr. Emmanuelle Le Pichon-Vorstman
Prof. dr. Joost Raessens
Prof. dr. Els Stronks
Law, Economics and Governance
Social and Behavioural Sciences
Prof. dr. Marcel van Aken
Prof. dr. Anneloes van Baar
Prof. dr. Susan Branje
Prof. dr. Maja Dekovic
Dr. Claire Garandeau
Dr. Jolien van der Graaff
Prof. dr. Marian Jongmans
Dr. Tim Mainhard
Prof. dr. Bram Orobio de Castro
Dr. Anne-Rigt Poortman
Prof. dr. Frank van Tubergen
Prof. dr. Wilma Vollebergh
Prof. dr. Micha de Winter