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Title Becoming of the Psychologist Professional Identity in a Transitive Society
Author(s) Lyudmila E. Solyankina and Tatyana S. Timofeeva
About the author(s)

Lyudmila E. Solyankina, Dr. Sci. (Psychology), chair of Economy and Labor Psychology, Institute of World Civilizations, Moscow, Russia.
Tatyana S. Timofeeva, senior lecturer, Psychology and Pedagogy chair, Volgograd State University, Volgograd, Russia.

DOI 10.35853/LAU.WS.2019.SP19
Section Socio-psychological section
Year 2019 UDK Index 159.98:316.6 Pages 182 - 191

The development of a professional occurs in the conditions of a transitive society, which rapidly affects values of socially-oriented occupations including the profession of a psychologist. The authors attempted to consider the specifics of the psychologist’s professional identity and its components at different stages of career growth. It took several phases to complete the study. The research techniques included the Professional Identity Test by L. B. Shnaider, the M. Kun questionnaire Who Am I, the Self-Trust Scale by T. P. Skripkina, and the authorial questionnaire on the psychologist professional identity. The sample (n = 326) consisted of psychology practitioners including specialists from psychological support centers and educational organizations from Volgograd and other regions of Russia, and psychology students. The results showed that more than half of the respondents do not have a clear idea of their professional role and cannot sustainably identify themselves with this profession and the psychological community. The becoming of the professional identity takes place gradually as the formation of its components: cognitive-meaningful, emotional-volitional, and behavioral. We observed the professional identity crisis a year after the start of professional activities. The majority of psychology students and young specialists face difficulties in shaping their professional identity.

Keywords professional identity, psychologist, becoming of the professional identity, career growth.
For citation

Solyankina LE, Timofeeva TS. A Becoming of the Psychologist Professional Identity in a Transitive Society. In: Perelygina EB, Zotova OYu, Drozdova AV, Tarasova LV. (eds.) Wellbeing and Security in the Face of Social Transformations: Collection of academic papers from the 10th International Symposium (Yekaterinburg, July 9–10, 2019). Yekaterinburg: Liberal Arts University – University for Humanities; 2019. p. 182–191. Available from: doi:10.35853/LAU.WS.2019.SP19.

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Submitted 23.10.2019
Accepted 29.11.2019