Ego identity status, identity style, and personal expressiveness: An empirical investigation of three convergent constructs

Seth J. Schwartz, Ronald L. Mullis, Alan S. Waterman, Richard M. Dunham

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Abstract

This study represents an investigation of relationships among three sets of identity constructs, including the ego identity statuses, the identity styles, and personal expressiveness. The Ego Identity Process Questionnaire was used to assess identity status as conceptualized by J. E. Marcia. The Identity Style Inventory was used to assess identity style as conceptualized by M. D. Berzonsky. The Personally Expressive Activities Questionnaire was used to measure feelings of personal expressiveness as described by A. S. Waterman. Data were collected from two samples of students at two universities. The measures were considered in pairs to examine the convergence among the constructs. Results revealed that these three measures, and perhaps the underlying constructs, are convergent. Associations between measures are discussed in relation to previous research and theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)504-521
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Adolescent Research
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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