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Alan S. Waterman
The College of New Jersey
Erikson's stages of psychosocial developmentDevelopmental psychologyPsychologySocial psychologyIdentity formation
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#1Alan S. Waterman (TCNJ: The College of New Jersey)H-Index: 36
Abstract Introduction Traumas refer to relatively discrete, negatively valanced, events causing physical, economic, spiritual, and/or psychological harm with life-altering impacts. These impacts include widely varied effects on the identity functioning of adolescents/emerging adults. Methods The array of possible impacts of traumatic events was considered with particular attention devoted to the identification of variables that may be predictive of particular identity-related outcomes. Results A...
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#2Seth J. SchwartzH-Index: 60
Last. M. Brent DonnellanH-Index: 48
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#1Alan S. Waterman (TCNJ: The College of New Jersey)H-Index: 36
Research on identity development has focused primarily on the stages of adolescence and emerging adulthood. The focus of this chapter is on identity development during the middle adult years (ages 35–50), with an emphasis on those adults who have had relative success in establishing a meaningful sense of personal identity during earlier developmental stages. The challenges of the middle adult years that threaten eudaimonic well-being involve all domains and may include job burnout, the loss of a...
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#1Alan S. Waterman (TCNJ: The College of New Jersey)H-Index: 36
In this article, the processes of identity exploration and commitment are considered in terms of theoretical conceptualizations and the operational definitions used in research. The perspectives of Erikson, Marcia, Luyckx, and Meeus are reviewed with respect to the multiple dimensions of these processes. Attention is focused on four exploration dimensions: (a) exploration in breadth, (b) exploration in depth, (c) reconsideration of commitment, and (d) ruminative exploration, and three dimensions...
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#1Seth J. Schwartz (UM: University of Miami)H-Index: 60
#2Sam A. Hardy (BYU: Brigham Young University)H-Index: 24
Last. Larry F. Forthun (UF: University of Florida)H-Index: 11
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Abstract The present study was conducted to contribute to our understanding of young adult identity development by deriving latent profiles from intrapersonal and interpersonal indices of identity synthesis and confusion. A sample of 9737 college-attending young adults completed measures of identity, mental health, and health risk behaviors. Four latent profiles emerged: Synthesized (high synthesis, low confusion), Diffused (moderate synthesis, high confusion), Elevated (high synthesis and confu...
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#1Veronika Huta (U of O: University of Ottawa)H-Index: 17
#2Alan S. Waterman (TCNJ: The College of New Jersey)H-Index: 36
Interest in eudaimonia (e.g., growth, meaning, authenticity, excellence) and its distinction from hedonia (e.g., pleasure, enjoyment, comfort, absence of distress) is growing rapidly, as researchers recognize that both concepts are central to the study of well-being. Yet research on these concepts faces challenges as well: findings based on different operationalizations can be quite discrepant; definitions of eudaimonia and hedonia sometimes fall into different categories of analysis (e.g. when ...
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#1Alan S. Waterman (TCNJ: The College of New Jersey)H-Index: 36
At first glance, the tasks of establishing a sense of personal identity and finding meaning in life would appear to be quite closely related. Both appear to be ways of addressing some of life’s paramount questions: “Who am I?” and “What should I be doing with my life?” Yet until quite recently, the development of psychological theory and empirical research on the two concepts proceeded largely independently. To understand the parallel but independent histories of identity and meaning, it is help...
#1Jessie Dezutter (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)H-Index: 14
#2Alan S. Waterman (TCNJ: The College of New Jersey)H-Index: 36
Last. S. Jean Caraway (USD: University of South Dakota)H-Index: 7
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The present study investigated naturally occurring profiles based on two dimensions of meaning in life: Presence of Meaning and Search for Meaning. Cluster analysis was used to examine meaning-in-life profiles, and subsequent analyses identified different patterns in psychosocial functioning for each profile. A sample of 8,492 American emerging adults (72.5% women) from 30 colleges and universities completed measures on meaning in life, and positive and negative psychosocial functioning. Results...
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