Wilma Middendorf

Osnabrück University
Institute of Psychology

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Starting in 2022, I began my PhD candidacy at Osnabrück University’s Department of Developmental Psychology. While I completed my Bachelor’s in Psychology at the University of Jena, I earned my Master’s in the Psychology of Global Mobility, Inclusion, and Diversity in Society from ISCTE Lisbon and the University of Oslo, where I was awarded a scholarship. I also hold a diploma in Social Work with Migrants and Refugees from the German-Jordanian University, and completed several internships with NGO’s working in the field of migration and human rights.

Description of research

Throughout my PhD studies, I aspire to address the question: „How do adolescents promote inclusivity among their peers and parents?“ Specifically, I’m looking closely at how adolescents‘ self-respect and their use of positive communication strategies impact their ability to promote intergroup tolerance. In addition to utilizing (longitudinal) survey studies, I am intrigued by the potential of youth participatory action research as it provides a valuable avenue for gaining deeper insights into adolescents‘ viewpoints of the concepts and processes under consideration.

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