Radosveta DIMITROVA (Bulgarian/Italian)

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Brief introduction

Researcher, Tilburg University, the Netherlands / pursuing 2nd PhD on identity and well-being of Turkish-Bulgarian, Muslim-Bulgarian and Roma Youth in Bulgaria


PhD Developmental Psychology, 2009, University of Trieste, Italy

Academic profile

Adaptation and acculturation of ethnic minorities is seen as a worldwide phenomenon, and the issues of successful outcomes in these populations, as critical to the future of the host countries. My research interests and experience focus on these processes in understudied minorities in Europe so as to develop insights to enable critical interventions among Turkish-Bulgarian, Muslim-Bulgarian and Roma minority youth. My future research plans are to build on the foundations of the results obtained with the aim of better understanding identity and acculturation processes of minority populations in different yet, overlooked contexts. Additional social benefits reflect monitoring ethnic minorities’ well-being, assisting youth to face adequately psychological difficulties and increasing developmental demands in different European and non European countries.


Dimitrova, R., Chasiotis, A., Bender, M., & van de Vijver, F. J. R. (2014). Collective identity of Roma youth and their mothers. Journal for Youth and Adolescence. Special Issue on Challenges and Resilience of Indigenous Adolescents for Positive Youth Development doi:10.1007/s10964-013-0043-1 Dimitrova, R., Chasiotis, A., Bender, M., & van de Vijver, F. J. R. (2013). Collective identity and well-being of Roma adolescents in Bulgaria. International Journal of Psychology. doi:org/10.1080/00207594.2012.682064 Dimitrova, R., & Bender, M., & van de Vijver, F. (2013). Global perspectives on well-being in immigrant families. NY: Springer.


Ethnic Minorities in Eastern Europe, Cross-Cultural Psychology, Immigration, Identity, Children & Youth, Well-being

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