Psychological support of students with national identity transformations

Original Article, Pol J Public Health 2019;129(2): 43-46

Liubov Spivak1, Diana Piontkovska2

1 Department of Theoretical and Counselling Psychology of National Pedagogical Dragomanov University of Kyiv, Ukraine
2 Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology of Rivne State University of Humanities, Ukraine

DOI_disc_logo 10.2478/pjph-2019-0010

© 2019 Medical University of Lublin. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonComercial-No Derivs licence (


Introduction. The research of the development of national identity of student’s youth is important for a deeper understanding of the factors of psychological security preservation, stability of nations and psychological health of their representatives. The recent intensification of globalisation, integration and migration processes in the European space makes especially relevant the problem of development of positive national identity among its youth citizens and the correction of transformations in this process. Therefore, the development of effective psychological support of student’s youth with transformed national identity is necessary.

Aim. The article aims at conducting theoretical and empirical research of transformed types of national identity among stu­dents of higher educational institutions displaying national hypoidentity (national nihilism), national indifference or national hyperidentity (national egoism, national isolationism, national fanaticism); as well as at developing and organising their psycho­logical support.

Material and methods. The study involved full-time first – fourth year students of higher education institutions from different regions of Ukraine who ensured the representativeness of sample. The age range of 17-21 to which the respondents belong is sen­sitive regarding the development of national identity. To reveal the type of students’ national identity, psychodiagnostic methods (“Types of ethnic identity” by G. Soldatova, S. Ryzhova) and methods of assessing the positivity and uncertainty of ethnic identity were applied (by A. Tatarko, N. Lebedeva), and methods of mathematical statistics were applied to assess the obtained data.

Results. Empirical research of 309 students of higher educational institutions demonstrated that 53 students had the trans­formed types of national identity that required correction in the process of organised psychological support. After all, the trans­formations of national identity primarily threaten the psychological health of the personality.

Discussion. Psychological support of students with national identity transformations (national hypoidentity, national indiffer­ence and national hyperidentity) should be directed towards the development of their positive national identity. To do this, such support should be organised separately for students with national hypoidentity and national indifference promoting the develop­ment of their positive attitude towards the representatives of their nation, and for students with national hyperidentity promoting the development of their tolerant attitude towards the representatives of other nations.

Conclusion. Most students of higher educational institutions develop positive national identity (norm). A small number of stu­dents have deviations from the norm displaying the transformation of their national identity. The main purpose of psychological support of students with national identity transformations is the development of positive national identity.

Keywords: national identity, norm, transformation, students.

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