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Understanding Identity Development in Early Adulthood: Integrating the Complexity of Individual Experiences and Different Theoretical Perspectives

Conference contribution
Authors Py Liv Eriksson
Maria Wängqvist
Ann Frisén
Johanna Carlsson
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 investigates patterns of identity development across early adulthood and the developmental processes behind this development by combining the identity status model with a narrative approach. Identity status interviews were performed with 118 Swedish individuals at ages 25, 29 and 33. The most common patterns of individual identity status development were patterns of stability in foreclosure (n= 20) or identity achievement (n= 25). Qualitative longitudinal analysis of these participants interview narratives resulted in a model with three processes of identity development in early adulthood: ‘Approach to change’, ‘Narrative coherence’ and ‘Participation in a broader life context’.

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