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.

Table of contents: Current research projects | Publications and conferences | Curriculum vitae | Dissertation


Current research projects

Constructing AcTive CitizensHip with European Youth (CATCH-EyoU) (2015-2018)
(funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme)
    The aim of the project is to provide a multifaceted understanding of the different factors influencing the perspectives of young people on Europe and of the ways in which young people engage in society, how they approach public authorities and how they engage materially and symbolically in order to participate in the construction of the societies in which they live.


Determinants of the growth of extremism and populism in the time of economic crisis (2015-2017)
(funded by the Grant Agency of the Masaryk University)
    Using multidisciplinary perspective (economy, political science, sociology, psychology), this project aims to test to what extent did the economic crisis affect the rise of populist and extremist political parties in Europe.


Publications and conferences

Journals with impact factor

Šerek, J., & Macháčková, H. (in press). The role of school climate and personality in the development of Czech adolescents' political self-efficacy. Applied Developmental Science.

Šerek, J., Macháčková, H., & Macek, P. (in press). What precedes what? Longitudinal analysis of the relation between adolescents’ political participation, political efficacy, and interest in politics. Zeitschrift für Psychologie.

Šerek, J., & Jugert, P. (in press). Young European citizens: An individual by context perspective on adolescent European citizenship. European Journal of Developmental Psychology.

Eckstein, K., Šerek, J., & Noack, P. (in press). And what about siblings? A longitudinal analysis of sibling effects on youth's intergroup attitudes. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Šerek, J. (2017). What's the matter with civil society? The declining effect of civic involvement on civic identity among Czech adolescents, Youth & Society, 49(7), 879-901. [fulltext via MU repository]

Šerek, J. (2017). Noví mladí Masaryci? Podpora demokracie a jejích principů u českých adolescentů [The new young Masaryks? Support for democracy and its principles among Czech adolescents]. Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review, 53(2), 181-208.

Umemura, T., & Šerek, J. (2016). Different developmental pathways from parental warmth to adolescents’ trust in peers and politicians: Mediating roles of adolescent–parent attachment and belief in a just world. Social Justice Research, 9(2), 186-205.

Šerek, J., & Macháčková, H. (2015). Predicting online and offline civic participation among young Czech Roma: The roles of resources, community perceptions, and social norms. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. [fulltext via MU repository]

Šerek, J., & Umemura, T. (2015). Changes in late adolescents' voting intentions during the election campaign: Disentangling the effects of political communication with parents, peers, and media. European Journal of Communication, 30(3), 285-300. [fulltext via MU repository]

Scott, Z., & Šerek, J. (2015). Ethnic majority and minority youths’ ascription of responsibility for solving current social issues: Links to civic participation. Journal of Adolescent Research, 30(2), 180-212.

Šerek, J., Macek, P., Ježek, S., & Lacinová, L. (2014). Twenty years after the Velvet Revolution: Shifts in Czech adolescents' perceptions of family, school and society. Journal of Adolescent Research, 29(6), 738-764. [fulltext via MU repository]

Šerek, J., & Macek, P. (2014). Antecedents of political trust in adolescence: Cognitive abilities and perceptions of parents. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 35(4), 284–293. [fulltext via MU repository]

Ševčíková, A., Šerek, J., Barbovschi, M., & Daneback, K. (2014). The roles of individual characteristics and liberalism in intentional and unintentional exposure to online sexual material among European youth: A multilevel approach. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 11(2), 104-115.

Ševčíková, A., Šerek, J., Macháčková, H., & Šmahel, D. (2013). Extent matters: Exposure to sexual material among Czech adolescents. Journal of Early Adolescence, 33(8), 1048-1071.

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. [fulltext via MU repository]

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. [fulltext via MU repository]

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. [fulltext via MU repository]

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. [fulltext via MU repository]

Other peer-reviewed journals

Macková, A., Macháčková, H., Macek, J., & Šerek, J. (2016). When age matters: Patterns of participative and communicative practices in the Czech Republic. Communication Today, 7(2), 46-64. [fulltext via MU repository]

Šerek, J., & Macháčková, H. (2014). Online only: Which Czech young adults prefer online civic participation? Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace, 8(3), article 6. [fulltext via MU repository]

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.

Books

Šerek, J., Petrovičová, Z., & Porubanová, M. (2012). Mladí a nevšední. Studie občanského života mladých lidí z etnických menšin a majority v České republice [The young and the uncommon ones. A study of civic life of young people from ethnic minorities and majority in the Czech Republic]. Brno: Munipress. 120 pages.

Chapters in books

Šerek, J., Petrovičová, Z., & Macek, P. (2015). Civic organizations and the Internet as the opportunities for minority youth civic participation: Findings from the Czech Republic. In M. Barrett & B. Zani (Eds.), Political and civic engagement: Multidisciplinary perspectives (pp. 213-231). London and New York: Routledge.

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.

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.

Petrovičová, Z., Šerek, J., & Macek, P. (2012). Who should solve problems of our society? Perceived responsibility for social and political issues among adolescents and emerging adults. In XV European Conference on Developmental Psychology ECDP (pp. 429-434). Bologna: Medimond.

Ševčíková, A., Šerek, J., Macháčková, H. (2012). Exposure to online sexual materials and cross-country differences. In M. Strano, H. Harchovec, F. Sudweeks, & C. Ess (Eds.), Proceedings Eighth International Conference on Cultural Attitudes Towards Technology and Communication, June 18-20, Aarhus, Denmark (502-513). Murdoch, Australia: Murdoch University.

Selected presentations at international conferences

Šerek, J. (2017). What contexts help young people to participate? Predicting country-level differences in civic participation among European youth. Paper presented at the 1st CATCH EyoU conference, March 2-4, 2017, Athens, Greece.

Šerek, J., & Macek, P. (2017). Worrying never did anyone any good? The link between youth political alienation, worries, and intolerance. Paper presented at the 1st CATCH EyoU conference, March 2-4, 2017, Athens, Greece.

Šerek, J., Scott, Z., Macek, P., Amna, E., Banaji, S., Cicognani, E., Kalmus, V., Menezes, I., Motti-Stefanidi, F., & Noack, P. (2016). The relation of uncertainty to tolerant and democratic attitudes among young Europeans. Paper presented at the 15th Biennial Meeting of the European Association for Research on Adolescence, September 16-19, 2016, Cádiz, Spain.

Šerek, J., Scott, Z., & Macek, P. (2016). The role of adolescents’ need for cognition in the formation of their sociopolitical attitudes within families and schools. Paper presented at the 15th Biennial Meeting of the European Association for Research on Adolescence, September 16-19, 2016, Cádiz, Spain.

Šerek, J., Havlík, V., Vejvodová, P., & Scott, Z. (2016). Does a feeling of uncertainty promote intolerant political attitudes and behavior? A moderating role of personal value orientations. Paper presented at the European Consortium for Political Research General Conference, September 7-10, 2016, Prague, Czech Republic.

Šerek, J. (2015). Learning civic skills in school: The effect of personality, school environment, and their interaction. Paper presented at the LLAKES/AMCIS Conference, May 28-29, 2015, London, UK.

Šerek, J., & Umemura, T., & Petrovičová, Z. (2014). Diverse sides of adolescents’ and young adults’ tolerance towards immigrants. Paper presented at the 14th Biennial Meeting of the European Association for Research on Adolescence, September 3-6, 2014, Cesme, Turkey.

Šerek, J., & Umemura, T. (2014). Political socialization in late adolescence: The effects of parents, peers and media on changes in adolescents’ voting intentions. Poster presented at the 15th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, March 20-22, 2014, Austin, USA.

Šerek, J. (2013). A safer way to participate? Online and real-world civic engagement among ethnic minority youth. Poster presented at the 16th European Conference in Developmental Psychology, September 3-7, 2013, Lausanne, Switzerland.

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.

Curriculum vitae

My academic CV can be downloaded from here.

Dissertation

If you want to read my dissertation called Psychosocial antecedents of political beliefs in adolescence, go to Masaryk University Web Archive or you can download the fulltext directly from here.
    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.



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Jan Šerek

Institute for Research on Children, Youth and Family

Faculty of Social Studies

Masaryk University

Joštova 10
602 00 Brno
Czech Republic

e-mail: serek@fss.muni.cz
phone: +420 549 494 858
office: 2.51



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  • Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University

  • Institute for Research on Children, Youth and Family FSS MU

  • Department of Psychology FSS MU

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