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ERIC Number: EJ1101761
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0973-8827
Adolescence: Search for an Identity
Kasinath, H. M.
Journal on Educational Psychology, v7 n1 p1-6 May-Jul 2013
James Marcia (1991, 1994, 1999, 2002) expanded on Erikson's theory of identity formation. Specifically, he focused on two essential processes in achieving a mature identity: exploration and commitment. Erikson's observations about identity were extended by Marcia, who described four identity statuses: identity diffusion, foreclosure, moratorium and identity achievement. The present article describes the features of these four categories of identity status. It is concluded with the description of the formation of ethnic and racial identities. Ethnic and racial minority students are confronted with the challenge of forming an identity while living in two worlds--the values, beliefs, and behaviors of their group and those of the larger culture. These are highlighted in the present speculative article.
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Language: English
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