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ERIC Number: ED360582
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 18
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Ego Development and Close Relationships in Young Adults.
Waldinger, Robert; And Others
Recurrent themes in the stories that young adults tell about their best friends and lovers and possible connections between levels of ego development and the ways that young adults talk about their closest relationships were explored using data from the Young Adult Development Project at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center. Luborsky's Core Conflictual Relationship Theme (CCRT) Method was used to code Relationship Episodes in the transcripts of the Early Adult Close Peer Relationship Interview conducted with young adults (N=20) who were asked to describe in depth their two closest relationships (one friend and one romantic relationship). The subjects' levels of ego development also were assessed using Loevinger's Sentence Completion Test. The findings revealed that the number of stories told by subjects was strongly correlated with their levels of ego development. A moderate correlation was found between the average complexity of relationship episodes and subjects' ego development scores. Subjects with higher ego development scores tended to tell longer stories. Men and women did not differ significantly in the number of stories they told about relationships or in the complexity of those stories. Preliminary findings suggest that ego development may be strongly correlated with the way people conceive of and describe their close relationships, particularly the frequency and complexity with which they describe specific interactions with other people. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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