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    5037 DB Tilburg


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Research interests

My research focuses on personality development and identity formation in adolescence and young adulthood. Currently, my research is (partly) funded by a NWO VIDI grant.

I examine identity from various timescales (long- and short-term processes) using different types of data (self-report questionnaires, narratives). One of my main research interests concerns the role of identity processes in emerging personality pathology. In addition, I examine how personality development and identity formation are associated with normative developmental tasks, adjustment in important life domains, and problem behavior symptoms. I employ a rather broad perspective on personality, as I do not only consider traits, but also personality facets, and personality types.

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Research Output 2009 2019

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Adolescents’ identity formation: Linking the narrative and the dual-cycle approach

van Doeselaar, L., McLean, K. C., Meeus, W. H. J., Denissen, J. & Klimstra, T., 2019, In : Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

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identity formation

A psychometric evaluation of a reduced version of the PID-5 in clinical and non-clinical adolescents

Koster, N., Laceulle, O., van der Heijden, P., Klimstra, T., De Clercq, B., Verbeke, L., De Caluwé, E. & van Aken, M. A. G., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : European Journal of Psychological Assessment.

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Crying in borderline personality disorder patients

Peter, M., Arntz, A., Klimstra, T. & Vingerhoets, A., 2019, In : Psychiatry Research. 273, p. 100-107

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Moral Development

Distinctiveness as a marker of identity formation

Van Doeselaar, L., Klimstra, T. A., Denissen, J. A. & Meeus, W. H. J., 2019, In : Journal of Research in Personality. 78, p. 153-164

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Young Adult

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