ERIC Number: ED211900
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Validation of an Interview Measure of Adult Work Identity.
Whitbourne, Susan Krauss
Marcia's adolescent identity status interview combines objective scoring with a clinical approach to investigate Erikson's theory in terms of the identity crisis of adolescence. Marcia's interview was extended to adult identity processes by redefining the crisis and commitment dimensions of strength (of involvement in work) and flexibility (of adherence to present work position). Within the strength and flexibility dimensions, sub-dimensional components were defined according to a cognitive-affective distinction. Adults (N=71) seeking counseling at a university vocational-educational counseling center were given the identity interview independently of a counseling center interview used for initial screening. Strength sub-dimensional scores were related to reason-for-seeking counseling in a manner generally consistent with expectation when the cognitive and affective components were jointly treated. Validity of the flexibility dimension was limited to the affective sub-dimensional component. The results support the reliability of both identity process dimensions, and show identity processes to be characterizable along a multi-faceted set of dimensions, varying according to type of cognitive or affective process. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Rochester Univ., NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Identity Status Interview
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (89th, Los Angeles, CA, August 24-26, 1981).