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Short-term fluctuations in identity: introducing a micro-level approach to identity formation.
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PMID:  20565195     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The present study was aimed at examining one relatively neglected part of the identity formation process: the short-term dynamics of identity formation. The short-term dynamics were assessed by examining (a) the day-to-day course of 2 key dimensions of identity formation (i.e., commitment and reconsideration) and (b) the impact of fluctuations in commitment and reconsideration on subsequent levels of these 2 dimensions. Longitudinal data on 580 early adolescents (54.8% boys, 45.2% girls) were used to test these assertions. The authors found evidence for a commitment-reconsideration dynamic that operated on a day-to-day basis. Furthermore, the findings confirmed E. H. Erikson's (1950) assertion that identity reflects a sense of sameness and continuity as a more stable identity (reflected by little day-to-day fluctuations) was predictive of higher levels of commitment and lower levels of reconsideration. Taken together, the present study underscores the importance of the short-term dynamics of identity formation.
Theo A Klimstra; Koen Luyckx; William A Hale; Tom Frijns; Pol A C van Lier; Wim H J Meeus
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of personality and social psychology     Volume:  99     ISSN:  1939-1315     ISO Abbreviation:  J Pers Soc Psychol     Publication Date:  2010 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-06-22     Completed Date:  2010-10-01     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0014171     Medline TA:  J Pers Soc Psychol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  191-202     Citation Subset:  IM    
Research Centre Adolescent Development, Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Adolescent Development
Adolescent Psychology
Interpersonal Relations
Longitudinal Studies
Psychological Tests / standards
Reproducibility of Results
Self Concept*
Social Identification
Time Factors

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