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ERIC Number: ED404027
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Pages: 8
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Reconceptualization of Identity Exploration by Relatedness.
Sugimura, Kazumi
Although identity researchers now believe that identity formation occurs not only by separation from others but also in relational contexts, few empirical studies of this concept have been conducted. This paper has three aims: (1) to reconceptualize identity formation to take relational aspects into account, focusing particularly on identity exploration; (2) to present some questions, yielded by this reconceptualization, on identity exploration for future empirical investigations; and (3) to propose a measure (interview questions) to probe identity exploration from the viewpoint of relatedness. The paper defines identity exploration as individuals' skills in considering, making use of, and negotiating with others to make a decision about an important life choice. Questions proposed for investigation include: (1) What persons are involved in the exploration process, and how do they function in it?; (2) What are the processes involved in the regulation between self and other?; (3) What kind of exploration can be distinguished?; and (4) What is the association between one's relational changes and identity exploration? The paper concludes with example questions from a revised version of the Ego Identity Interview developed by Grotevant and Cooper (1981). (EV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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