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Sex Roles

, Volume 18, Issue 3–4, pp 231–236 | Cite as

Sex differences in identity status

  • D. Bilsker
  • D. Schiedel
  • J. Marcia
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Abstract

In this study, sex differences in the Identity Status Interview (ISI) developed by Marcia (1980) were examined. The ISI was administered to 151 college students, 75 female and 76 male. It was found that status in the Ideology domain is most predictive of Identity Status for males, while status in the Sexual-Interpersonal domain is most predictive for females. No sex difference was found for the Occupation domain. An additional finding was that females rated the Sexual-Interpersonal domain as more important to their identity than did males. These results are interpreted as supporting the view that issues of interpersonal function are uniquely relevant to female identity development.

Keywords

College Student Social Psychology Identity Status Identity Development Additional Finding 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Bilsker
    • 1
  • D. Schiedel
    • 2
  • J. Marcia
    • 2
  1. 1.Vancouver General HospitalCanada
  2. 2.Simon Fraser UniversityCanada

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