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IDENTITY AND ATTACHMENT - the role of parents, partners and peers for young adults

Authors Caroline Järdmo
Ann Frisén
Published in The International Society for Research on Identity (ISRI). Naples, Italy, May 13-15.
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Psychology
Language en
Subject categories Psychology


Previous research has found a small but significant relationship between identity status and attachment. In this study we focus on the relationship between identity status and self-reported attachment behavior. Young adults (N=123) were interviewed and completed a questionnaire concerning attachment-related functions. Findings show that while individuals coded to identity achievement and foreclosure chose current family to a greater extent than family of origin, the opposite was true of participants with identity diffusion. Interviews from a subsample of participants (n=9), who were in long-term relations but did not choose current family for attachment-related functions, were analyzed with thematic analysis and four themes emerged: The unimportance of being in a relationship, The functionality of having a partner, Ambivalence and I never thought about it.

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