Identity styles in the Georgian context and associations with parenting dimensions

Nino Skhirtladze, Nino Javakhishvili, Seth J. Schwartz, Koen Luyckx

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Information-oriented, normative, and diffuse-avoidant identity styles represent social-cognitive approaches used by young people to seek and process self-relevant information. The present study is a first investigation of identity styles and their association with parenting dimensions in Georgia–a context that is considerably understudied in identity research. Previous research has indicated that identity styles, along with identity commitment, are linked with maternal and paternal parenting dimensions. In the present investigation we used SEM analysis to study this relationship. We used data from 650 Georgian emerging adults between the ages of 17–30 (46.6% male) using the Identity Style Inventory-5 (ISI-5) and scales for parental support, behaviour control, and psychological control. Findings indicated that the normative and diffuse-avoidant identity styles are positively correlated with each other and negatively correlated with the information-oriented style and with commitment. Only the information-oriented style was positively associated with commitment. Perceived parental support and maternal behavioural control were positively associated with the information-oriented style, whereas both parents’ behavioural and psychological control were more highly correlated with the normative style. Both parents’ psychological control was positively correlated with the diffuse-avoidant style. These results, which indicated considerable differences from the research results in other countries, are discussed in the light of the Georgian context.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-40
Number of pages17
JournalEuropean Journal of Developmental Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2018


  • Identity style
  • Republic of Georgia
  • parenting dimensions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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