Links Between Life Stories and Identity Profiles in Emerging Adults From Georgia

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

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In this study, we examine personal identity formation using two approaches: a dual-cycle model of identity development and a narrative life-story model. We used quantitative and qualitative methods for studying personal identity: Luyckx et al.’s Dimensions of Identity Development Scale and D. P. McAdams’ life-story interview. Using six cases selected from a sample of 62 Georgian emerging adults, we illustrate how identity profiles created using six identity dimensions (exploration in breadth, commitment-making, identification with commitment, reflective exploration in depth, reconsideration of commitment, and ruminative exploration) are reflected in life stories depicting participants’ paths toward identity commitments and their ideas about the future and life themes. This article demonstrates how identity dimensions are connected to the context and how this connection is manifested in their life stories. The research illustrates theoretical exemplification by case studies and exemplifies the manifestation of dual-cycle identity development theorizing in case examples through narratives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)422-433
Number of pages12
JournalEmerging Adulthood
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018


  • Georgian Republic
  • identity development
  • identity narratives
  • identity profiles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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