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Identity Development and Romantic Relationships in the Late Twenties in Sweden

Conference contribution
Authors Maria Wängqvist
Johanna Carlsson
Maria van der Lee
Ann Frisén
Published in Symposium presentation at the 22th Annual Conference of the Society for Research on Identity Formation, Bellingham, Washington, USA. May 14-17, 2015.
Publication year 2015
Published at Department of Psychology
Language en
Subject categories Psychology


This two-wave study investigates identity status and content of identity narratives concerning romantic relationships. Results revealed no difference in identity status distributions in the romantic relationships domain at age 25 (N = 136) compared to age 29 (N = 124). However, while 54% were stable in identity status, 46% changed identity status between measurements. Romantic relationships were expected to involve loyalty, openness, stability, togetherness, and intimacy. A majority wanted to get married and the reasons mainly involved practical advantages and symbolical meaning. This study illustrates how romantic relationships are important identity contexts and salient identity issues in the late twenties.

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