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ERIC Number: EJ782258
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 23
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0272-4316
Relational Support as a Predictor of Identity Status in an Ethnically Diverse Early Adolescent Sample
Hall, Susan P.; Brassard, Marla R.
Journal of Early Adolescence, v28 n1 p92-114 2008
The role of relational (i.e., parent, peer, teacher) support as a predictor of identity status was assessed using a sample of 635 early adolescents from an ethnically diverse, low-income school district. Identity status was measured using the Objective Measure of Ego Identity Status. Multivariate regression analyses suggested that parental support predicted higher foreclosure and lower moratorium in White students, higher achievement in Latino/as, and higher diffusion in African Americans. Peer support predicted higher achievement in Whites and African Americans and higher diffusion in African Americans. Findings suggest that relational support may play a greater role in promoting the formation and maintenance of commitments than in the exploration of alternatives. This study also demonstrates that ethnicity is an important factor in identity status research, as significant effects for the relational (particularly parental) support variables varied between the ethnic groups. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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