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Student
Title
Supervisor
Faculty
Educational Programme
Final Grade
Year of Graduation
Mariia Riazanova
The Identity Complexity and Multiple Identities of Children in Interethnic Families
Psychology
(Bachelor’s programme)
7
2019
This study was conducted to identify the features of complexity and multiplicity identities among children from interethnic families and mono-ethnic families. It studied the relationship between the identity complexity, the multiplicity identity and the index of group identities with the psychological well-being. The participants of the online survey were schoolchildren of the last years of study and students (N=168) from interethnic families (N=83), where parents belong to different ethnic groups, and from mono-ethnic families (N=85), where both parents belong to the same ethnic group; the average age of the subjects is 21 years old. The results of the study showed a higher level of identity complexity in children from interethnic families compared with children from mono-ethnic families; representatives of interethnic families tend to be members of more social groups than representatives of monoethnic families; multiple identity has a positive impact on life satisfaction and self-esteem, regardless of the ethnic diversity of the family. The main achievement of the study is that the level of psychological well-being of children from interethnic families does not depend on multiple group identification (the number of groups with which they identify themselves). On the contrary, a large number of social groups for members of monoethnic families adversely affect life satisfaction as a component of psychological well-being. This study has expanded the theoretical knowledge of the concept of social identity. His conclusions will be the basis for further work within the framework of this construct.

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