Clemens Lechner

Dr. Clemens M. Lechner is a post-doctoral researcher based at the Center for Applied Developmental Science (CADS), Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena in Germany working with Professor Rainer Silbereisen. Clemens joined the PATHWAYS programme in January 2014 following completion of his PhD. He has recently published papers in the Journal of Vocational Behaviour; Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion and Journal for the Psychology of Religion.

As a developmental psychologist and sociologist by training, Clemens is interested in human development in times of social and economic change. His research explores how current societal trends, such as globalization or pluralization, impact on individual development. More specifically, he looks at why some people manage to cope successfully with the challenges that arise from these trends while others are at elevated risks of distress. Clemens is currently interested in the potential role of religiosity in dealing with these challenges.

Life in modern societies is rife with uncertainties but also full of new opportunities. Clemens’ research seeks to understand why some people falter and are overwhelmed by the uncertainties while others thrive and embrace the new opportunities. His research is comprised of three interconnected strands. First, how perceived uncertainties (e.g., occupational uncertainty) and actual life events (e.g., unemployment) as well as new opportunities (e.g., broadening lifestyle choice) that arise from current social and economic change impact upon individual development, particularly across young and middle adulthood. Second, what role individual differences in psychosocial resources (e.g., religiosity) and individual agency (e.g., coping strategies) play in determining the impact of these uncertainties and opportunities on the life course. Third, how the larger social ecology (e.g., labour market conditions) shapes people’s exposure to, and reactions to, these new uncertainties and opportunities. Clemens hopes to identify possible targets for interventions aimed at fostering positive development in times of accelerated social and economic change.

Leopold, T., & Lechner, C. M. (2015). Parents’ death and adult well-being: Gender, age, and adaptation to filial bereavement. Journal of Marriage and Family, 77(3), 747–760.

Lechner, C. M., & Silbereisen, R. K. (2015). Neue Impulse für die Sozialisationsforschung aus der Entwicklungspsychologie [New directions for socialization research: Insights from developmental psychology]. Zeitschrift für Soziologie der Erziehung und Sozialisation, 35(2), 139–155.

Lechner, C. M., Silbereisen, R. K., Tomasik, M. J., & Wasilewski, J. (2015). Getting going and letting go: Religiosity fosters opportunity-congruent coping with work-related uncertainties. International Journal of Psychology, 50(3), 205–214.

Körner, A., Lechner, C. M., Pavlova, M. K., & Silbereisen, R. K. (2015). Goal Engagement in Coping With Occupational Uncertainty Predicts Favorable Career-Related Outcomes. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 88, 174–184.

Lechner, C. M., & Leopold, T. (2015). Religious attendance buffers the impact of unemployment on life satisfaction: Longitudinal evidence from Germany. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 54(1), 166–174.
Lechner, C. M., & Rammstedt, B. (2015). Cognitive ability, acquiescence, and the structure of personality in a sample of older adults. Psychological Assessment. Advance online publication.

Lechner, C. M., Tomasik, M. J., Silbereisen, R. K., & Wasilewski, J. (2014). Religiosity reduces family-related uncertainties that arise from social change but exacerbates their association with distress. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 24, 185-200.

Tomasik, M. J., Silbereisen, R. K., Lechner, C. M., & Wasilweski, J. (2013). Negotiating demands of social change in adolescents and young adults from Poland. International Journal of Stress Management, 20, 222-253.

Lechner, C. M., Tomasik, M. J., Silbereisen, R. K., & Wasilewski, J. (2013). Exploring the stress-buffering effects of religiousness in relation to social and economic change. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 5, 145-156.

Tomasik, M. J., Pavlova, M. K., Lechner, C. M., Blumenthal, A., & Körner, A. (2012). Changing contexts of youth development: An overview of recent social trends and a theoretical model. New Directions for Youth Development, 135, 27-38.

Lechner, C. M., Tomasik, M. J., Silbereisen, R. K., & Wasilewski, J. (in press). Getting going and letting go: Religiosity fosters opportunity-congruent coping with work-related demands of social change. International Journal of Psychology.

Lechner, C. M., Obschonka, M. & Silbereisen, R. K. (submitted). Who reaps the benefits of social change? Personality and its socioecological boundaries.

Leopold, L., Leopold, T., & Lechner, C. M (submitted). Do immigrants suffer more from job loss? Unemployment and subjective well-being in Germany.

Lechner, C., Pavlova, M., Sortheix, F.M., & Salmela-Aro, K. (in preparation) Work Values Mediate the Effect of Family Socio-Economic Status on Young Adults´ Civic Engagement: A 10-year Longitudinal

Sortheix, F. M., & Lechner, C. (in preparation) How do life transitions influence work values in young adulthood?

Book Chapters
Lechner, C. and Silbereisen, R.K. (forthcoming) Social change – uncertainty – religiosity: Psychological perspectives on the role of religiosity in changing societies. In: I. Schoon & R. K. Silbereisen (Eds.).  Pathways to Adulthood: Social inequalities, structure and agency and social change.