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ERIC Number: EJ943113
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 99
ISSN: ISSN-0961-205X
Identity Styles and Interpersonal Behavior in Emerging Adulthood: The Intervening Role of Empathy
Smits, Ilse; Doumen, Sarah; Luyckx, Koen; Duriez, Bart; Goossens, Luc
Social Development, v20 n4 p664-684 Nov 2011
This study examined the intervening role of empathy in the relations between identity styles (i.e., information-oriented, normative, and diffuse-avoidant styles), and inter-personal behaviors (i.e., prosocial behavior, self- and other-oriented helping, and physical and relational aggression). In a sample of 341 emerging adults, it was found that an information-oriented style relates to a more adaptive pattern of interpersonal behaviors whereas a normative or a diffuse-avoidant identity style relate to a more maladaptive pattern of interpersonal behaviors. Empathy played an intervening role between the information-oriented style and interpersonal behavior, and between the diffuse-avoidant style and interpersonal behavior. However, empathy did not intervene between the normative style and interpersonal behavior. Implications for future research are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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