Lyubka Lazarova graduated as MSc (psychology) Sofia University ‘St. Kliment Ohridski’ with master thesis on Social Perception. She undergone Ph. D training in Moscow University (Department of Developmental Psychology) on Computers in Education. Lyubka has more than 20 years professional experience starting as coordinator in Institute of Sociology of Youth; then in Institute of Trade Union Problems (Department of Innovations); school psychologist; researcher and then a senior expert in the International Department (Institute of Education and Science – Ministry of Education and Science, Sofia, Bulgaria). Lyubka participated in number of roles in national and international research programs and projects, authored and co-authored scientific articles, reports, conference papers and various journalistic and media materials. Her public activities include volunteering and her interest in the field led her to the recent study.
Personal Identity and Volunteering
Understanding the cultural-sensitive nature of human identity and its symbols. Volunteering context.
The study focuses on the cross-section of two major themes – identity and volunteering. Leading is the principle, that multifaceted phenomena as volunteering could be understood fully only if based on equally complex identity theory. Therefore, the research explores the integrative socio-historical and contemporary approaches to understanding identity structure and its dynamics. Particular attention is given to the recent trends in social science oriented toward finding and cultivating ‘positives’ – strengths and perspectives for groups and communities. Binding the people together, the volunteering is one of the positive social phenomena and embodies the activity principle in life. Self-efficacy beliefs (general and specific) are explored as being essential for volunteering to occur, be sustained and be continued in life-time perspective.