Breaking with the past: Responding to the challenge of identity change (2019–2024)
This project aims to advance our understanding of factors that promote successful adjustment to collective-level
change. Regardless of whether changes are for the better or worse, the change process itself may destabilize
individuals, thereby harming their well-being. Even though this phenomenon is well documented, processes underlying adjustment to collective-level change are poorly understood. This project builds on The Social Identity Model of Identity Change (SIMIC) developed by Jetten. This new theoretical approach helps to understand how people might effectively cope with change and it forms the basis of an ambitious and integrated theoretical
program of research that will examine SIMIC predictions in novel contexts.