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ERIC Number: ED315682
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Identity Status and Relationships with Parents.
DiPlacido, Joanne; And Others
Failure to establish an adequate identity during adolescence may lead to role confusion, where the individual experiences uncertainty and anxiety, and overly relies on others for guidance and support. It can be argued that identity achievers, by going through a crisis and becoming committed to a career, have gone through the process of separating from their family in order to make their own decision, and are thus better able than individuals in other statuses to reconnect with parents in a more mature way. In this study interview data were examined to determine the relationship between identity development (i.e., identity achievement, identity non-achievement) and relationship maturity with parents. Unmarried individuals (N=53) who participated in a larger longitudinal study examining family relationships in young adults were given Marcia's Ego Identity Interview and the Family Relationship Interview. Individuals' identity statuses were determined as well as levels of relationship maturity with parents. A one-way analysis of variance indicated that identity achieved individuals had higher relationship maturity with their mothers than did the non-achieved individuals. A relationship between identity status and relationship maturity with fathers was not found. It could be that in today's society the maternal relationship is more important than the paternal relationship, especially when it involves issues of separation. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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