Welcome to my web presentation! My name is Jan Šerek. I am a post-doc researcher at the Institute for Research on Children, Youth and Family of Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic.
In my research, I focus on political psychology, particularly on civic and political socialization in adolescence and young adulthood.
My academic CV can be downloaded from here.
If you want to read my dissertation called Psychosocial antecedents of political beliefs in adolescence, go to Masaryk University Web Archive.
Abstract: This dissertation aims to describe the predictors of political beliefs in late adolescence. The focus is on three types of political beliefs: (1) political efficacy, (2) perceived effectiveness of various political activities, and (3) political trust. Based on the review of recent theoretical and methodological discussions in the field of political socialization, political development of adolescents is understood as interconnected with other areas of their development. The core of the dissertation consists in three empirical studies that share the emphasis on the social cognitive aspects of socialization. All studies analyze longitudinal data from the ELSPAC project. The first tests whether the efficacy regarding interparental conflict predicts political efficacy on the community level. The second study asks whether a preference for certain identity-processing strategies predicts perceived effectiveness of various types of political activities. The third study investigates the relation between early characteristics of adolescents and their later political trust.
Publications and conferences
Journals with impact factor
Šerek, J., Lacinová, L., & Macek, P. (2012). Does family experience influence political beliefs? Relation between interparental conflict perceptions and political efficacy in late adolescence. Journal of Adolescence, 35(3), 577-586.
Šerek, J., Petrovičová, Z., & Macek, P. (2012). Adolescents’ perspectives on traditional, non-traditional, and direct political activities: The role of identity-processing styles and political beliefs. Revista de psicología social, 27(2), 243-250.
Šerek, J., & Macek, P. (2010). Proč se politicky (ne)angažovat: Obsah a struktura přesvědčení u adolescentů [Why (Not) To Be Politically Engaged: Content and Structure of Adolescents' Beliefs]. Československá psychologie [Czechoslovak Psychology], 54(2), 160-174.
Lukas, J., & Šerek, J. (2007). Aplikace techniky repertoárové mřížky na zkoumání utváření dojmů o politicích [Using the Repertory Grid Technique to Study Political Impressions Formation]. Československá psychologie [Czechoslovak Psychology], 51(6), 622-634.
Other peer-reviewed journals
Petrovičová, Z., Šerek, J., Porubanová, M., & Macek, P. (2012). Citizenship as given or taken? Meanings and practices among majority and minority youth. Human Affairs, 22(3), 335-344.
Chapters in books and conference proceedings
Šerek, J., & Macek, P. (2012). Do parents, school, community, and organizations affect adolescents' civic engagement by shaping their value orientations? A mediation analysis. In XV European Conference on Developmental Psychology ECDP (pp. 533-538). Bologna: Medimond.
Šerek, J., Petrovičová, Z., & Macek, P. (2011). The civic life of young Czech Roma: Perceived resources, barriers, and opportunities. In M. Rašticová et al. (eds.), Diversity is Reality: Effective Leadership of Diverse Teams in a Global Environment (pp. 143-152). Brno: CERM.
Dalajka, J., & Šerek, J. (2011). Development of adolescents’ worldviews: perceptions of justice and politics. In S. Ježek, L. Lacinová, & P. Macek (Eds.), Adolescent psychosocial development in Brno: An ELSPAC study 2005 – 2011 (pp. 57-81). Brno: Masaryk University.
Presentations at international conferences
Šerek, J., Petrovičová, Z., & Macek, P. (2012). Civic participation of young Roma in the Czech Republic: Barriers and resources. Paper presented at the 13th Biennial Meeting of the European Association for Research on Adolescence, August 29 - September 1, 2012, Spetses, Greece.
Šerek, J., Petrovičová, Z., Macháčková, H., & Macek, P. (2012). Online civic participation among youth: An extension of traditional participation, or a new quality? Paper presented at the PIDOP Conference 2012, April 16-17, 2012, Guildford, UK.
Šerek, J., Petrovičová, Z., & Macek, P. (2012). How easy is to become alienated? Stability and change of first-time voters' civic attitudes over the election year. Paper presented at the 14th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, March 8-10, 2012, Vancouver, Canada.
Šerek, J., & Macek, P. (2011). Do parents, school, community,and organizations affect adolescents' civic engagement by shaping their value orientations? A mediation analysis. Paper presented at the 15th European Conference in Developmental Psychology, August 23-27, 2011, Bergen, Norway.
Šerek, J., Petrovičová, Z., & Macek, P. (2011). How do you perceive civic engagement when you come from ethnic minority? The case of Czech Roma. Paper presented at the PIDOP Conference, May 11-12, 2011, Bologna, Italy.
Šerek, J., & Macek, P. (2011). Development of young people's political efficacy during the election year: the effect of political discussions and media consumption. Paper presented at the 2011 Biennial Meeting for the Society for Research in Child Development, March 31-April 2, 2011, Montréal, Canada.
Šerek, J., & Macek, P. (2010). Adolescents' beliefs about political sphere: Relations to perception of parents' behavior. Paper presented at the 12th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research on Adolescence, May 12-15, 2010, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Šerek, J. (2010). Does democracy hinge on family ties? Effect of parent attachment on civic orientations among Czech adolescents. Poster presented at the 13th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, March 11-13, 2010, Philadelphia, USA.