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ERIC Number: EJ890247
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0190-2725
Identity Change
Burke, Peter J.
Social Psychology Quarterly, v69 n1 p81-96 Mar 2006
This research examines two mechanisms by which persons' identities change over time. First, on the basis of identity control theory (ICT), I hypothesize that while identities influence the way in which a role is played out, discrepancies between the meanings of the identity standard and the meanings of the role performance will result in change. That is, due to the hierarchical structure of identity systems, change will occur not only to the role performance (to counteract the discrepancy), but also to the meanings of identity standard over time (to bring them more into line with the disturbance). A second mechanism of change in identities is hypothesized to result from persons holding multiple identities that share meanings. Identities that share dimensions of meaning influence each other's standard to maintain the shared meaning at a common level. Changing identity standards redefines who one is. Using data from the Marital Roles Project, I examine the spousal and gender identities of newly married couples over the first years of marriage as couples engage in routine activities. Hypotheses about change in identities are supported; implications for extending identity control theory are discussed. (Contains 2 figures, 4 tables and 14 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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