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The Identity Statuses: Origins, Meanings, and Interpretations

  • Jane KrogerEmail author
  • James E. Marcia
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Abstract

This chapter describes the origins and development of the identity statuses and provides a brief overview of studies into antecedent, concurrent, and consequent implications of the construct. In so doing, it reviews selected personality, relational, behavioral, and developmental variables that have been examined in relation to the identity statuses over the past 45 years. Additionally, the chapter addresses some of the many implications that the identity statuses hold for intervention as well as the relationship of the identity status paradigm to other models of identity. The rootedness of the identity statuses in Erikson’s concept of identity versus identity diffusion (confusion) is discussed, and meta-analyses of the identity statuses in relation to selected variables are presented. Therapeutic and educational interventions for individuals in each identity status are also discussed.

Keywords

Identity Status Moral Reasoning Identity Development Secure Attachment Identity Exploration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentUniversity of TromsøTromsøNorway
  2. 2.Department of PsychologySimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada

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