On the way to adult identity: An evaluation of identity status and narrative identity models of development

Christin Camia, Simran Motiani, Theodore E.A. Waters

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Abstract

Successful resolution of identity is fundamental for a good life. According to the ego identity status model, emerging adults explore and commit to various identity domains. Concurrently, emerging adults are theorized to develop their narrative identity. Yet, it is unclear whether ego identity processes help to establish a narrative identity, or if the development of a narrative identity facilitates ego identity achievement. Therefore, we assessed autobiographical meaning making in repeated narratives and identity status processes of 180 emerging adults (Mage = 20.47, SDage = 3.35, 68.90 % female) at two measurements 8-months apart. Results showed differential effects on identity depending on the meaning made and suggest that narrative identity provides the ground for identity status processes such as identity exploration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number104304
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Volume101
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2022

Keywords

  • Ego Identity Status
  • Emerging Adulthood
  • Identity Distress
  • Narrative identity
  • Narrative Meaning Making

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology(all)

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