A Neurocognitive Model of Self-Concept Development in Adolescence

Eveline A. Crone*, Kayla H. Green, Ilse H. van de Groep, Renske van der Cruijsen

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When and how do changes in self-concept emerge in adolescence, and which
factors facilitate positive self-concept development? This review summarizes
recent research findings on self-concept development based on neurocognitive development studies. Self-concept goes through formative changes in
adolescence, including linear and nonlinear changes in perspective taking,
social comparison, and self-evaluation. In this review we (a) present a neuroscientific model of self-concept development by relating processes that
drive self-concept changes to neuroscience discoveries and (b) elaborate on
the roles of early life experiences and environmental support factors in fostering self-concept development in adolescence. This review concludes that
self-concept changes pose vulnerabilities as well as opportunities for adolescent development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-295
Number of pages25
JournalAnnual Review of Developmental Psychology
Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2022

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