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What works to change identity? A rapid evidence assessment of interventions

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posted on 22.04.2022, 14:17 by Georgia Barnett, Daniel Boduszek, Dominic WillmottDominic Willmott
This paper describes the results of a rapid evidence assessment that aimed to identify the characteristics and efficacy of interventions that aimed to or reportedly changed personal or social identity. Following a rapid but systematic search of the published, peer-reviewed research on identity change, 400 studies or reviews were screened for eligibility for inclusion in the review, and 22 were retained. The interventions and samples were diverse and studies came from a broad geographic area. The quality of the research varied, but the majority was assessed as carrying a low weight of evidence. Just under two-thirds of the studies were qualitative, and most explored, retrospectively, participants' perceptions of, or applied theoretical frameworks to, identity change sometime after an intervention. Quantitative studies provided little evidence of the effectiveness of interventions in changing identity. Qualitative studies most commonly applied and then supported the Social Identity Theory of Identity Change to explain perceived changes in identity. Implications for research are discussed.

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  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy

Published in

Journal of Applied Social Psychology

Volume

51

Issue

7

Pages

698 - 719

Publisher

Wiley

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

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© The Authors

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This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Wiley under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY 4.0). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

08/04/2021

Publication date

2021-05-03

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

0021-9029

eISSN

1559-1816

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Dom Willmott. Deposit date: 21 April 2022

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