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date: 15 December 2019

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This chapter reviews the contents of the Handbook and discusses important future directions for research on identity development. First, the authors reflect on the three major sections of the book: debates, applications, and extensions, highlighting why the sections are important and what has been learned. Second, they discuss tensions in the study of identity development that were identified as the Handbook was edited. These tensions include the aspect of identity being studied, how culture is defined, and the strong emphasis on individual agency over context and opportunity. Finally, the authors discuss two major challenges to the field of identity development: conceptualizing exactly what is developing in identity development and bridging the divide between identity process and identity content. Taken together, this chapter, like the Handbook more broadly, is meant to serve as a catalyst and inspiration for future identity development in the coming decades

Keywords: Identity development, identity process, identity content, culture

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