The development of children’s identification: A cross-cultural comparison between Bulgaria, Italy and Ukraine

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Abstract

The study presented here analyses the development of self-categorisation, national, supranational,local and regional identification of Bulgarian, Ukrainian and Italian children and adolescents growingup in Bulgaria, Ukraine and Italy. The sample consisted of 541 children aged 6, 9, 12 and 15 years. Itwas found that national, supranational, local and regional identifications differ in the three nationalgroups. It is argued that the cognitive-developmental account of the development of nationalidentification is unable to explain the patterns of findings which were obtained. Social representationstheory and Social identity theory, however, are able to explain the different patterns of importancegiven to the different identifications by the three national groups.
Original languageEnglish
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Publication statusPublished - 2009

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