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Erikson stage resolution: The relationship between identity and intimacy

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Ego identity and intimacy statuses were determined for 88 college students, 44 men and 44 women, and related to each other and to measures of intimacy, loving, and liking. As hypothesized, more advanced stages of identity development were associated with higher levels of intimacy formation. Further, for both males and females, occupational identity development was the primary predictive factor in the identity/intimacy stage resolution relationship.

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Correspondence to Gerald R. Adams.

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Received her M. S. from Utah State University.

Received his M. A. in psychology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and his Ph.D. in human development from The Pennsylvania State University.

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Kacerguis, M.A., Adams, G.R. Erikson stage resolution: The relationship between identity and intimacy. J Youth Adolescence 9, 117–126 (1980).

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