ERIC Number: ED200861
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Identity Development and Sex Role Self-Concept in Young Women.
Prager, Karen J.
Identity development has been conceptualized as a process with four possible outcomes or identity statuses: Achievement, Moratorium, Foreclosure, and Diffusion. If males placed a high value on an identity crisis, women who identified with the male sex role would be expected to be in a crisis (Moratorium) or post-crisis (Achievement) status. However, research has shown that commitment to an identity (Achievement and Foreclosure) is more predictive of female behavior than the existence of the identity crisis. To determine whether the presence of a crisis or the presence of commitment was associated with high psychological masculinity in women, 88 undergraduate women were administered an ego identity status inverview, a psychological masculinity scale, and a psychological femininity scale. Significant differences were found on psychological masculinity for each ego identity statuses. Women committed to occupational, ideological, and sexual value aspects of identity (Achievement and Foreclosure) were higher in psychological masculinity than uncommitted women (Moratorium and Diffusion). No differences were found on psychological femininity. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 1-5, 1980).