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Research interests

My research interests are mainly centered on the construct of identity, and in particular, the psychological processes which inform both its antecedents and consequences. My objective is to examine identity in diverse contexts at different levels (ranging from individuals, groups, organizations to societies), and to work towards establishing an integrated model, which includes personal, social, and relational dimensions. While my focus has stemmed from studying identity across groups in the South African context, I have been steadily moving towards examining identity processes in both other non-Western (sub-Saharan African, South American, Asian, and Eastern European) and Western (North American and Western European) contexts, across life stages (i.e., adolescents, emerging adults, adulthood) within societal and organizational contexts. 

I am involved and I am collaborating on multiple multinational research projects as either the primary or co-primary investigator, from the Inclusive Identity project, the South African Personality Inventory (SAPI) Project and the ManyLabs Project to smaller projects which deal with conceptualizing privilege within the context of work, and state-of-the-art methodological investigations on measurement bias and invariance.   

My research interests fall within the domains of work and organizational, social and cultural, and developmental psychology. 

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Research Output 2012 2018

An integrated approach to bias in a longitudinal survey in the United Kingdom: Assessing construct, method, and item bias in the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12)

Benítez, I., Adams, B. G. & He, J. 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Assessment.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Mental Health
United Kingdom
Surveys and Questionnaires

Perceived organizational support for the use of employees’ strengths and employee well‑being: A cross‑country comparison

Meyers, M. C., Adams, B. G., Sekaja, L., Buzea, C., Cazan, A-M., Gotea, M., Stefenel, D. & van Woerkom, M. 5 Sep 2018 In : Journal of Happiness Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
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The kaleidoscope of language, ethnicity, and identity in Uzbekistan

Isaeva, K., Adams, B. & van de Vijver, F. 10 May 2018 Changing values and identities in the post-communist world . Lebedeva, N., Dimitrova, R. & Berry, J. W. (eds.). Cham: Springer Science, p. 295-312

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Identity and acculturation: The case for Africa

Adams, B. G. & van de Vijver, F. J. R. Apr 2017 In : Journal of Psychology in Africa. 27, 2, p. 115-121 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Identity experiences of black people in the Netherlands

Zonneveld, R., Brand, S. B. E. & Adams, B. G. Apr 2017 In : Journal of Psychology in Africa. 27, 2, p. 141-149

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access