Richard Serpe | Kent State University

Richard Serpe

Key Publications

Brenner, Philip S., Richard T. Serpe, and Sheldon Stryker. 2014. Forthcoming."The Causal Ordering of Prominence and Salience in Identity Theory: An Empirical Examination." Social Psychology Quarterly. Vol 77.

Merolla, David M. and Richard T. Serpe. 2013. "STEM Enrichment Programs and Graduate School Matriculation: The Role of Science Identity" Social Psychology of Education. Online First: DOI 10.1007/s11218-013-9233-7.

Stets, Jan E. And Richard T. Serpe. 2013."Identity Theory."  Pp. 31-60 in John DeLamater and Amanda Ward (eds) Handbook of Social Psychology, 2nd Edition. New York: Springer.

Merolla, David, M., Richard T. Serpe, Sheldon Stryker, and P. Wesley Schultz. 2012."Structural Precursors to Identity Processes: The Role of Proximate Social Structures." Social Psychology Quarterly. 75:149-172.

Serpe, Richard T. and Sheldon Stryker. 2011."The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective and Identity Theory." Pp 225-248 in Seth Schwartz, Koen Luyckx, and Viv Vignoles (eds) Handbook of Identity Theory and Research. London: Springer.

Current Research:

My current research revolves around three sets of data that have recently been collected:

Aspirations, Social Obligations and Psychological Distress:  This data was collected with Dr. Kristen Marcussen and was funded by the National Science Foundation.  The data are a national random sample of 1450 adults. The work in this area focuses on the advancing Identity Theory and Identity Discrepancy Theory.  The variables of primary interest include: Identity Discrepancy, Self-Verification, Identity Salience, Self Esteem, Efficacy, Authenticity, Emotions, Anxiety and Depression.

Exploring Counter-Normative Identities:  This data was collected with Brooke Long and Fritz Yarrison and was funded by the Kent State University Office of Research and Sponsor Projects and the Graduate Student Senate.  The data consists of a national probability sample of 3522 adults who occupy normative or reciprocal counter-normative identities in four role sets:  Relationships, Parenting, Work and Religion.  This research is designed to look at differential processes in Identity Theory focusing the contextual location within an identity.  The variables of primary interest include: Identity Discrepancy, Identity Salience, Identity Prominence, Identity Cognition, Proximal Social Structure, Commitment, Future Orientation, Self Esteem, Efficacy, Authenticity, Emotions, Anxiety and Depression.

The Science Study:   The data were collected with P. Wesley Schultz at California State University San Marcos with funding from NIH, the National Institute of General Medical Science from fall 2005 to the spring of 2013.  The data consists of a longitudinal panel of 1458 adults who were minority or women science students when recruited in 2005.  They represent over 48 universities.  The data allows for the analysis of the life-course of minority science student and their decisions to go to graduate school, become a bench scientist or make other educational or career decisions.  The variables of interest include:  proximal social structure, mentoring, identity salience, commitment, efficacy, self-esteem, stereotype threat, stress, physical health, social identity and academic achievement.

Recent Grants

Principle Investigator, "2013 Health Assessment Research Center Health Needs Assessment Survey."

Funded by the Health Assessment Resource Center (HARC) of Riverside County, this project is a probability sample of 2,450 residents in Eastern Riverside County (Coachella Valley) California. The survey assesses the current health needs of the residents. The study includes a subsample of residents with children. The sample includes both landlines and cell phones and the survey is conducted in both English and Spanish. September 2012 to August 2013.

Principle Investigator, "Ohio Gambling Survey."

Funded by the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, this project consisted of a telephone sample of 3,600 residents of the Ohio. The survey was designed to establish initial incidents and prevalence rates of problem gambling within Ohio. Oversamples of the population in the geographic areas surrounding four casinos establish by state law in the counties of Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, and Lucas were included. March 2012 to July 2012.

Co-Principal Investigator, "Aspirations, Social Obligations and Psychological Stress."

Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), this project is a national probability study that seeks to expand social psychological models of mental health to better understand the relationship between social roles and well-being. The study will be based on 1,000 telephone interviews of adult respondents. September 2010 to August 2011.

Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington, 1985