Development and validation of ego-identity status.

  title={Development and validation of ego-identity status.},
  author={James E. Marcia},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={3 5},
  • J. Marcia
  • Published 1 May 1966
  • Psychology
  • Journal of personality and social psychology
4 modes of reacting to the late adolescent identity crisis were described, measured, and validated. Criteria for inclusion in 1 of 4 identity statuses were the presence of crisis and commitment in the areas of occupation and ideology. Statuses were determined for 86 college male Ss by means of individual interviews. Performance on a stressful concept-attainment task, patterns of goal setting, authoritarianism, and vulnerability to self-esteem change were dependent variables. Ss higher in ego… 

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