Beyond self-esteem: influence of multiple motives on identity construction.

@article{Vignoles2006BeyondSI,
  title={Beyond self-esteem: influence of multiple motives on identity construction.},
  author={Vivian L. Vignoles and Camillo Regalia and Claudia Manzi and Jen Golledge and Eugenia Scabini},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={2006},
  volume={90 2},
  pages={308-333}
}
Diverse theories suggest that people are motivated to maintain or enhance feelings of self-esteem, continuity, distinctiveness, belonging, efficacy, and meaning in their identities. Four studies tested the influence of these motives on identity construction, by using a multilevel regression design. Participants perceived as more central those identity elements that provided a greater sense of self-esteem, continuity, distinctiveness, and meaning; this was found for individual, relational, and… CONTINUE READING

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