ERIC Number: ED228557
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of Identity and Intimacy Statuses in College Students and Alumni.
Whitbourne, Susan Krauss; Tesch, Stephanie A.
Previous tests of Erikson's hypothesized relationship between identity and intimacy development with undergraduate students have provided inconsistent support. To examine the possibility that college students are not developmentally prepared for intimacy crisis resolution, samples of 87 alumni and 93 college students from the same university were compared on identity and intimacy statuses based on interview ratings. More alumni were found in the identity achievement status, while college students were foreclosed in all areas (occupation, religion, politics, and sex role). Alumni were also more likely to be in the intimate and merger intimacy statuses than college students. A positive relationship between favorable resolutions of identity and intimacy crises was observed for alumni but not for college students. More college students than alumni had favorably resolved identity but not intimacy issues. The present findings support earlier research with the alumni which suggests that favorable identity crisis resolution has a strong relationship to heterosexual intimacy in adulthood and the present expectation of age differences in this relationship. (Author/JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Identity Formation; Intimacy
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (90th, Washington, DC, August 23-27, 1982).