Purpose as a form of identity capital for positive youth adjustment.

  title={Purpose as a form of identity capital for positive youth adjustment.},
  author={Anthony L. Burrow and Patrick L. Hill},
  journal={Developmental psychology},
  volume={47 4},
Having a sense of purpose has been discussed as a developmental asset for youth and as an outgrowth of establishing a sense of identity. Using the identity capital model as a theoretical framework, 3 studies examined purpose as a mediator in the relationship between identity and well-being among adolescents and emerging adults. In Study 1A, (n = 110), purpose commitment was positively associated with positive affect, hope, happiness among adolescents, and fully mediated associations between… 

Tables from this paper

Identity and Purpose as Predictors of Subjective Well-Being in Emerging Adulthood
Identity and purpose in life can serve as internal assets during the transition to adulthood. Although these two facets of the self are closely linked, they are usually studied separately. The rare
The meaningful identity: A longitudinal look at the interplay between identity and meaning in life in adolescence.
The potential for a strong sense of meaning to support identity commitments is clarified and that the process of seeking life meaning sustains identity exploration across time is clarified.
The beyond-the-self dimension of adolescent purpose: Absence and change
Abstract Grounded in theory and empirical evidence of purpose in life as both a developmental asset and a desired outcome, this study was designed to uncover the role that the beyond-the-self
The Development of Purpose in Life Among Adolescents Who Experience Marginalization: Potential Opportunities and Obstacles
How experiences of marginalization could contour the development of self-integrative, strong, and articulated purpose among adolescents who experience marginalization is discussed.
Purpose in life: A psychological construct that indicates positive development
: Purpose is a stable and generalized intention to accomplish something that is at once meaningful to the self and of consequence to the world beyond the self. It has distinct connotation from
Parent-Child Conflict during Elementary School as a Longitudinal Predictor of Sense of Purpose in Emerging Adulthood
Bi-factor models demonstrated that the child’s perception of mother-child conflict has a unique prospective effect on purpose in emerging adulthood, above and beyond its negative association with general well-being.
Purpose Trajectories During Middle Adolescence: The Roles of Family, Teacher, and Peer Support.
The developmental trajectories of purpose exploration and commitment of Taiwanese youth during middle adolescence are examined, with a focus on how they associate with youth's psychological functioning in terms of life satisfaction and depressive symptoms and whether social support moderates such development.
The Shape of a Life: Gender and Its Influence on Purpose Development
This chapter focuses on gender as an example of how social identity might contour the purpose development process, including purpose exploration and commitment, and the specific content of people’s
Purpose in life in emerging adulthood: Development and validation of a new brief measure
Support is found for the development of a new brief measure of purpose in life using data from American and Canadian samples, while demonstrating evidence for two important findings that purpose inlife predicted well-being during emerging adulthood, even when controlling for the Big Five personality traits.


Profiles of a Developmental Asset: Youth Purpose as a Context for Hope and Well-Being
Cluster analysis supported four meaningful yet distinguishable profiles of youth purpose that are largely consistent with theories on identity formation and suggest a correspondence between stronger commitments to purpose and youths’ sense of personal agency and well-being.
Meaning in Life as a Mediator of Ethnic Identity and Adjustment Among Adolescents from Latin, Asian, and European American Backgrounds
Establishing a sense of life meaning is a primary facet of well-being, yet is understudied in adolescent development, and ethnic identity appears to affect adjustment through its role in fostering a positive sense of meaning in adolescents’ lives.
Patterns of adolescent identity development: Review of literature and longitudinal analysis.
A review of theoretical articles demonstrates that the theoretical claims of the identity status model have been greatly moderated over the past 30 years. It has been established that the model is
Classifying adolescents’ conceptions of purpose in life
Motivating youth to find a purpose in life promotes positive youth development. However, it is as yet uncertain whether adolescents think of purpose in ways similar to researchers. This study
The Structure of Identity Consolidation: Multiple Correlated Constructs or One Superordinate Construct?
This study examined the structure of identity consolidation and its relationship to positive and negative psychosocial functioning in emerging adulthood. An ethnically diverse sample of 234
Identity and Agency in Emerging Adulthood
The study of emerging adulthood—the prolonged transition to adulthood extending into the 20s—is a rapidly growing area of research. Although identity issues are prominent during this period, the role
Development and validation of ego-identity status.
  • J. Marcia
  • Psychology
    Journal of personality and social psychology
  • 1966
4 modes of reacting to the late adolescent identity crisis were described, measured, and validated; those in the status characterized by adherence to parental wishes set goals unrealistically high and subscribed significantly more to authoritarian values.
The relationships of personal and ethnic identity exploration to indices of adaptive and maladaptive psychosocial functioning
Identity exploration has often been associated with maladaptive aspects of psychosocial functioning such as anxiety and depression. It is not known, however, whether maladaptive psychosocial
Purpose, hope, and life satisfaction in three age groups
Using the Revised Youth Purpose Survey (Bundick et al., 2006), the Trait Hope Scale (Snyder et al., 1991), and the Satisfaction with Life Scale (Diener, Emmons, Larsen, & Griffin, 1985), the present