Identity Promotion, Adolescence

  • Laura Ferrer-Wreder
  • Marilyn J. Montgomery
  • Carolyn Cass Lorente


As noted elsewhere in this volume, prevention programs are designed to affect a person’s life course, with the goal of moving its trajectory in a more adaptive direction. In this context, the present entry addresses the role of identity in preven-tive/promotive work at both the theoretical and empirical level. At the empirical level, an overview of the current literature on well-evaluated evidence-based youth interventions indicates that such initiatives tend to use a diversity of intervention strategies to address a narrow band of identity-related concepts within programs and a very diverse array of identity-related concepts across programs. Together, this combination has produced an empirical literature that is mixed but promising. At the theoretical level, in contrast, emerging trends in the youth intervention literature suggest a growing recognition of the utility of identity as a broadband “umbrella” concept that provides a conceptual framework for organizing and integrating current prevention work. The identity framework also suggests foci and directions for future efforts to develop interventions for working with adolescents in order to assist them in creating positive developmental trajectories for their lives.


Identity Development Youth Development Positive Youth Development Unintentional Injury Positive Adjustment 
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  • Marilyn J. Montgomery
  • Carolyn Cass Lorente

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