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ERIC Number: ED185461
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Identity Formation in College Students: A Preventive Program.
Bernard, Harold S.
A preventive program in the area of identity formation, offered in the form of two-credit academic courses, is presented. A theoretical framework, based on the work of Marcia and his collaborators, delineates four identity "statuses" based on whether the individual has considered various alternatives and then made a commitment to a particular alternative in substantive areas such as religion, politics, and occupational choice. A wide variety of formats used to facilitate students' self-exploration includes role-playing, data gathering from the family of origin, interpersonal feedback, guest speakers, open-ended group discussion, the keeping of diaries, and the writing of personal book reports. The role of the instructor is non-traditional in a variety of ways. The long-range plan for the program involves training participants in group facilitation so that they can subsequently lead identity formation groups comprised of fellow students. The difficulties involved in evaluating programs of this sort are noted. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A