Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues (Print ISSN: 1544-0036; Online ISSN: 1544-0044)


Cultural Identity of Thai Youth: A Synthesis of Research

Author(s): Thanyalak Boonlue, Prateep Peuchthonglang

Adolescence is a vital stage to develop self identity to help the individual to behave appropriately according to his social roles. This research was a qualitative research. This research aimed to synthesize the published articles which were relevant to cultural identity. The researchers collected the data from the articles which had been published on reliable electronic databases between 2012 to 2020. They were 17 research articles that met our criteria. The data were analyzed by using content analysis. It was found that there were 5 categories of Thai youths' cultural identity (Ethnographic identity, personal identity, sexual identity, indivisible self and multidimensional identity). Additionally, there were 3 approaches for Thai youth to express their cultural identity (Expression cultural identity by themselves, Expression cultural identity via social media and Expression cultural identity via other media).The findings of this research can be applied to further study in a construction of social space on social media in Thai youth and developing a psychological program to help Thai youth to express their cultural identity creatively and appropriately.

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