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date: 06 March 2021

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This chapter introduces The Oxford Handbook of Identity Development. The authors detail their rationale for the need for such a handbook, which primarily rests on their concern that the field of identity development is in need of greater integration and coherence. To push the field into new territory, the authors also emphasize that the handbook chapters are meant to be “forward” focused, rather than simple reviews of past research. They provide a brief history of the field, as well as a discussion of what develops in terms of the processes and contents of identity. Finally, the authors describe the volume’s three sections, all of which were designed to provide greater integration to the field and to push the field in new directions: debates, applications, and extensions.

Keywords: Identity development

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