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Developing authenticity: A quasi-experimental investigation

Kipfelsberger, Petra; Braun, Susanne; Fladerer, Martin P.; Dragoni, Lisa

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Petra Kipfelsberger

Martin P. Fladerer

Lisa Dragoni


Authenticity facilitates positive human functioning. Yet, previous research has not adequately addressed whether different dimensions of authenticity develop naturally as one ages or whether their development can be facilitated through systematic interventions. These issues must be addressed to better understand the dimensionality of authenticity and its change over time. We conducted a quasi-experimental intervention study with 170 first-year business students (58 treatment and 112 control group participants) at a university in Switzerland over an eight-month period—a critical time when authenticity should naturally develop given young adults’ move from their family of origin. A career and personal development program exhibited differential effects on three dimensions of authenticity: (1) authentic living increased only for those in the treatment group, (2) acceptance of external influence decreased in both groups, but with a stronger effect in the treatment group, and (3) no significant changes occurred in either group’s self-alienation. These findings suggest that some authenticity dimensions may be more receptive to natural growth, whereas others require systematic interventions or may be notoriously hard to change. The results contribute to the theoretical understanding of authenticity and provide practical insights into its development.


Kipfelsberger, P., Braun, S., Fladerer, M. P., & Dragoni, L. (2022). Developing authenticity: A quasi-experimental investigation. Personality and Individual Differences, 198, Article 111825.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 14, 2022
Online Publication Date Jul 24, 2022
Publication Date 2022-11
Deposit Date Jul 14, 2022
Publicly Available Date Aug 17, 2022
Journal Personality and Individual Differences
Print ISSN 0191-8869
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 198
Article Number 111825
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