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Identity, Gender, and Social Comparison in Young Adulthood

Conference contribution
Authors Fanny Gyberg
Ann Frisén
Published in The International Society for Research on Identity (ISRI) 24th Annual Conference. Groningen, The Netherlands, May 18-21
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Psychology
Language en
Subject categories Psychology


This study investigated identity status globally and across domains, and potential differences in social comparison between identity statuses among young adults. Results showed that most of the 124 participants (50% women, Mage 33.29) were assigned to an achieved global identity and had made identity-defining commitments across domains. Gender differences in identity status were found in the occupational and parenthood domains. Differences in social comparison were only found in the parenthood domain, where those assigned to moratorium compared more with others than those assigned to foreclosure or diffusion. This study further highlights how societal norms may affect young adults’ identity formation.

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