Annual Conference 2011

2011 SRIF 18th Annual Conference meeting in Daytona Beach!

Thanks Everyone for a Successful Annual Meeting in Daytona Beach!

SRIF meets annually—as a preconference special interest group in conjunction with SRA’s biennial meeting; and a 2½ day stand alone meeting at a location in the U.S. or Canada on alternate years. This year, the stand alone meeting took place in Daytona Beach on February 3rd though 6th, 2011 at the Plaza Resort & Spa, directly on the beach. The conference was organized by our local arrangements coordinator, Steve Berman (University of Central Florida), and our program chair, Andrea White (Kenyon College) with 62 people in attendance. In addition to the U.S. and Canada, there were scholars from South Africa, Norway, Israel, Finland, Japan, Sweden, and the Netherlands. It is the SRIF tradition to begin each meeting with a roundtable introduction (moderated by former SRIF President Phil Dreyer, Claremont University) in which all attendees have the opportunity to introduce themselves and summarize their identity-linked research interests. This is a beneficial exercise for faculty and students members to learn of the range of research possibilities in the field of identity and to be updated on one another’s research activities. Many collaborative projects have sprung from this roundtable session. The roundtable is also useful for students to identify possible mentors for their graduate studies and to meet scholars in the field whose works they are reading. One thing we value about SRIF is the fact that it is accessible to students—there is always a large contingent of students from various institutions at the SRIF meetings. Over the years we’ve watched students mature in their professional development and grow into scholars who, in turn, mentor new student members. We also value the international scope of membership in SRIF with several cross-cultural collaborations having been formed.

Session topics spanned a broad range of research relevant to the interests of identity researchers including international and cultural perspectives, religion and morality, parenting, attachment and intimacy. There were a number of exciting interactive sessions on such topics as fostering identity development through interventions, working with at-risk youth, measuring positive identity outcomes, promoting identity development through education in the classroom, and the use of film to teach identity concepts. A number of our founding members held a session on identity and retirement. The conference included a poster session where 37 posters were presented by both faculty and students from a range of academic institutions. Carol Markstrom (West Virginia University), outgoing President of SRIF, gave a Presidential Address on “Multidimensional Identity Conceptualizations and Measurements among American Indian Adolescents”, and Harke Bosma (University of Groningen, Netherlands) gave the Keynote Address on “The Dynamics of Identity Development”. Student Awards were announced for best Doctoral dissertation (Theo Klimstra, Utrecht University, Netherlands), best Master’s Thesis (Hans Saint-Eloi, Auburn University), and best Undergraduate Thesis (Jennifer Carter, University of Central Florida). Hans Saint-Eloi also won the student travel award. Concluding the conference was the annual banquet which was held at Sloppy Joe’s Restaurant at the Ocean Walk, where we had a delicious dinner and stimulating conversation. We hope to see everyone back (and a few new people) at our next annual meeting in conjunction with the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA), in Vancouver on March 7 - 10, 2012!

Society for Research on Identity Formation

18th Annual Conference

February 3 – 6, 2011

The Plaza Resort and Spa

Daytona Beach, FL


The Program Committee invites submissions for the eighteenth annual meeting of the Society for Research on Identity Formation (SRIF). The conference will be held at the Plaza Resort and Spa, Daytona Beach, Florida from 6:00 p.m., Thursday, February 3 to 1:00 p.m., Sunday, February 6, 2011. Membership in SRIF is not required to submit a presentation for consideration.

Conference Information

SRIF is an interdisciplinary organization and strongly encourages submissions from a diversity of fields such as psychology, sociology, family studies, and anthropology. The committee is particularly receptive to proposals for sessions that are integrative regarding a particular aspect of identity and that encourage discussion. In terms of format, interactive sessions with short introductory statements followed by audience participation are especially welcomed. Posters are the best vehicle for the presentation of purely empirical studies, but well-integrated empirical paper sessions will also be considered. Registration and submission information is available on the SRIF website at: 'Conference registration & submission information.'

Saturday's conference banquet will be held at Daytona Beach's famous Sloppy Joes. The Banquet Menu includes several mouth watering entrees.

Keynote Speaker:

Harke A. Bosma

Harke A. Bosma worked as an associate professor in adolescent psychology at the University of Groningen (NL). His research expertise and interests include: development of self and identity; the role of emotions in self and identity development; and adolescent development in the family context. In trying to apply dynamic systems theory in identity research, he focuses on processes and mechanisms in development. His publications include: Identity and Emotion: Development through Self-Organization (Bosma & Kunnen, Eds., Cambridge University Press, 2001); „Identity-in-context is not yet identity development-in-context‟ (Bosma, & Kunnen, Journal of Adolescence, 2008, 31, 281-289); and „Time and identity: A framework for research and theory formation‟ (Lichtwarck-Aschoff, van Geert, Bosma, & Kunnen, Developmental Review, 2008, 28, 370-400).

Meeting Site

The Plaza Resort and Spa is located on the beachfront in Daytona Beach, Florida. Newly renovated rooms have views of either the Atlantic Ocean or the Florida sunsets (& “the strip”). In addition to the beach, there is an ocean-front pool and full-service spa. The Plaza Resort is 6 miles from the Daytona Beach International Airport, and less than an hour‟s drive from Orlando theme parks and the Kennedy Space Center. The hotel has a long and fascinating history in the Daytona area.


Housing and meals are provided by the Plaza Resort and Spa. Single/double occupancy for 3 nights, excluding meals, is $119/night (standard) or $129 (oceanview), plus 12.5% occupancy tax; additional person charge is $10/night. These rates also apply for the 3 nights pre/post conference. Room reservations must be made directly through the hotel at 1-800-874-7420 by Wednesday, January 5, 2011.

Student Travel Scholarship

Once again, SRIF will be offering a Student Travel Scholarship in the amount of $100 to be awarded to a student presenter at the biennial conference. To qualify for a SRIF student travel scholarship, you must be a SRIF student member, and the first and presenting author on an accepted paper or poster submission. Please note that this includes first authorship on a paper presented within a symposium. Both graduate and undergraduate students are eligible. The travel scholarship will be awarded on a lottery basis. In the case of a student who is first author on more than one presentation, that person will have his/her name entered into the lottery only once. The SRIF Program Committee will randomly select the recipient from the pool of eligible candidates. Should the winner for some reason be unable to attend the conference, the award will be forfeited and a new lottery conducted from the remaining applications. To be considered for the lottery, please include a note at the bottom of the cover page for your submission requesting that you be considered. Proof of student status (a copy of a current student id or a note from the faculty advisor on letterhead certifying student status) is required to be entered into the lottery. This can be sent via e-mail ( or fax (740-427-5737, attn Andrea White).

Student Research Award

For each biennial conference students are encouraged to submit their original, individual research for consideration for a SRIF Student Research Award for high quality accomplishments. An award may be granted for a doctoral dissertation, a master‟s thesis, an individual‟s graduate level project, and/or an undergraduate honors/independent thesis. More details on the awards and application procedures will be posted on the SRIF website and will be announced on the SRIF listserv. Students should e-mail their intent to submit a summary of their project to Dr. Sally Archer, Chair of the Awards Committee, at by October 15, 2010. Please include a working title, author, school affiliation, author‟s e-mail, and the faculty sponsor‟s name and e-mail.

Instructions for Preparing Submissions

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, it is important that you read this document carefully and pay close attention to the instructions while you are preparing your proposal(s). If you have questions, please contact the program committee (listed below). Improperly prepared proposals will NOT be reviewed.
Proposals should address key issues of concern to identity researchers and theorists. SRIF is an interdisciplinary organization and strongly encourages submissions from a diversity of fields such as psychology, sociology, family studies, and anthropology. Preference will be given to interactive sessions and to empirical paper symposia that aim at integrating a particular topic area; theoretical and pedagogical presentations are also welcome. All methodologies appropriate to the discipline, the data and the issue under study are acceptable (including small sample, single subject and qualitative designs). Empirical submissions should summarize data already collected and must include sufficient report of data analysis for reviewers to evaluate it. Research proposals (i.e., those without completed data analyses) will be considered for poster sessions only.

Formatting for submission:

 All submissions must be submitted by Friday, October 15, 2010.
 Submissions for papers and symposia may be accepted as poster presentations if time/space in the program so requires.
 Abstracts for all accepted submissions will be included in the conference program. To facilitate compilation of the program, abstracts must be in the format described below.
 Submissions should be made online at

Note: You will prepare two documents described below dependent upon submission type. The file naming convention for the cover page and abstracts (no author's names included) should be shortTitleName_abs.doc (or .rtf for Mac). [Example: Full title name is 'Trouble With Teen Identity.' Short name may be 'troubleTeenIdentity_abs.doc']. And, the file naming convention for the integrative statements/summaries document (titles included, author's names not included) should be shortTitleName_pro.doc (or .rtf for Mac). Please read descriptions and directions below for further clarification.


A symposium should include presentations oriented to a specific topic within the field of identity, and include 3 or more presenters and a discussant. It is the chair‟s responsibility to include presenters whose work fits into the overarching theme of the symposium, and a discussant that will tie these presentations together. The chair will also be responsible for holding presenters to their allotted time within the symposium. Symposia will be scheduled for 1 hour and 50 minutes. At least 15 minutes should be allowed for discussion.

Include in your submission:

Document one

 A cover page with:
a. Symposium title
b. The name, institutional affiliation, mailing address and e-mail address of the Chair.
c. The name and institutional affiliation of each presenter.
d. The name and institutional affiliation of the Discussant.
 The abstracts in the format below. Include the 200 word (maximum) integrative statement/abstract that describes the overarching theme, with the chair and discussant listed (in the format below), along with a 100 word (maximum) abstract of each presentation (in the format below). These should be included in one document, with the presenters listed in the order they will speak.

Document two

 A 500-word (maximum) integrative statement describing the overall nature of the symposium. Include the title of the symposium, but no chair, discussant or presenter names.
 A 500-word (maximum) summary of each presentation in the symposium. Include the title of the symposium and the title of the presentation, but no author names.

NOTE: The symposium chair should compile all of the above information and submit it all in one Conference contribution consisting of described two documents.

Interactive Sessions

Interactive sessions are designed to encourage exchange of ideas, methods and/or experiences focused on a particular topic within the field of identity. The purpose is to encourage contact among people who may benefit from shared ideas. To that end, the focus should NOT be on presentation of results from a research program (i.e., this is not designed to be another type of symposium). While some mention of research results and conclusions may be necessary, the primary focus should be on getting people involved in discussion of ongoing issues, controversies, projects, etc. For example, interactive sessions could include roundtable discussions, conversation hours, small group works, etc. Submissions focusing primarily on someone‟s research agenda and data analysis should be submitted as one of the other three formats. Interactive sessions will be scheduled for either 50 minutes or 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Include in your submission:

Document one

 A cover page with:
a. Session title
b. The name, institutional affiliation, mailing address and e-mail address of the organizing presenter.
c. The name and institutional affiliation of all co-presenters.
d. Notation of preferred time – 50 min. or 1hr, 20min.
 A 100-word abstract in the format below.

Document two

 A 500-word (maximum) summary of the session including the title with information about the expertise of presenters relative to the topic, but no presenter or author names.


Papers will be presented by an individual speaker (multiple authors are, of course, acceptable) and should present a single study or series of related studies on a specific topic in the field of identity. Each speaker will have 20 minutes for his/her presentation (the 20 minutes includes time for questions).

Include in your submission:

Document one

 A cover page with:
a. Paper title
b. The name, institutional affiliation, mailing address and e-mail address of the first author.
c. The name and institutional affiliation of all co-authors.
 A 100-word abstract in the format below.

Document two

 A 500-word (maximum) summary of the presentation including the title, but no authors. Up to 2 figures or tables and key references may also be included.


Posters should be topical and related to some aspect of identity and in the required format. Posters should present the results of a single study or series of related studies. We will also consider poster submissions that are research proposals.

Include in your submission:

Document one

 A cover page with:
e. Poster title
f. The name, institutional affiliation, mailing address and e-mail address of the first author.
g. The name and institutional affiliation of all co-authors.
 A 100-word abstract in the format below.

Document two

 A 500-word (maximum) summary of the presentation including the title, but no authors. Up to 2 figures or tables and key references may also be included.

Abstracts for the Conference Program

Abstracts will be included in the conference program and must be no longer than 100 words. As noted above in the submission guidelines, they must be in either Microsoft Word (.doc) or rich text format (.rtf).

Format for Abstracts:

First Author, Second Author, etc.
A brief – maximum of 100 words – description of the presentation.

In the case of symposia:

Chair: Chair‟s name
Discussant: Discussant‟s name


A 200-word maximum integrative statement describing the overall nature of the symposium.
100 word abstract
100-word abstract

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

The 2011 SRIF Program Committee

Andrea S. White (Chair)
Karin Bartoszuk
Steven Berman
Laura Ferrer-Wreder
Durell Johnson
Cuiting Li
Elizabeth Morgan
Kazumi Sugimura

Important Contacts

Note: Before contacting committee to resolve questions you may have, please visit the FAQs page to learn if your questions have already been answered.

Submission questions: Andrea White 740-427-5727

Conference Registration:

Conference Registration questions: Aida Varela

Room registration: Plaza Resort & Spa: 1-800-874-7420 by Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Local Information about Daytona Beach, FL area: Steven Berman 386-506-4049

For registration information, check our website