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ERIC Number: ED441186
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Pages: 12
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Identity Exploration and Relatedness among Japanese Female Late Adolescents.
Sugimura, Kazumi
Identity researchers are beginning to realize that identity in collectivist cultures is more deeply embedded in relational contexts than is identity in individualistic cultures. However, little is known about the ways in which adolescents use relationships in identity formation in collectivist cultures. Moreover, it is assumed that there are differing styles of relatedness in identity formation across collectivist cultures. Particularly in Japanese culture, individuals are expected from childhood to recognize and attune themselves to the others' expectations. That is, the direct assertion of personal needs is viewed as expressing an immature self. In this study 33 Japanese female university students were interviewed. Results show that participants did work on identity issues, and thus the Western concept and approaches to identity formation can generally apply to them. However, the process of identity exploration among Japanese female late adolescents, in particular the process of balancing their own and others perspectives, is different from that of Western adolescents. This study provides empirical evidence on how they construct their sense of self in relational contexts. Further studies comparing Japanese with Western adolescents are needed on the identity exploration process, which will help to construct a theory of identity development from a viewpoint of relatedness. (MKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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