Identity has been a topical issue in both popular and social science literatures for the past forty years. The writings of Erik Erikson on the identity formation process of late adolescence have provided an important theoretical foundation to clinical, counseling, and educational practices. As the literature on adolescent development has burgeoned over the last three decades, so have efforts to understand, more systematically, the means by which young people find their occupational, religious, political, sexual and relational roles in life.
One of the most popular research traditions to spring from Erikson's clinical observations has been the ego identity status approach developed by James Marcia. This approach has expanded Erikson's concept of identity to describe four distinct styles by which adolescents and adults deal with identity-defining issues. The present volume reflects the most recent efforts of social scientists who have contributed further to the work that Erikson and Marcia began -- an exhaustive analysis of the issues inherent in the adolescent identity formation process.
"What makes this volume unique is that the reader is also presented with transcripts of the discussion by the participants that followed each of the papers. These discussions are of special interest reading for anyone interested in identity formation, as well as the relationship of identity to mental health….the papers and discussion in the volume make an important contribution to the existing literature on ego identity."
—Journal of Adolescence
Contents: Preface. J.E. Marcia, Prologue. J. Kroger, Ego Identity: An Overview. H. Lauder, Psychosocial Identity and Adolescents' Educational Decision Making: Is There a Connection? J.S. Phinney, Multiple Group Identities: Differentiation, Conflict, and Integration. S.L. Archer, Identity in Relational Contexts: A Methodological Proposal. J.E. Marcia, The Relational Roots of Identity. H.D. Grotevant, The Integrative Nature of Identity: Bringing the Soloists to Sing in the Choir. A.S. Waterman, Finding Something to Do or Someone to Be: A Eudaimonist Perspective on Identity Formation. M.D. Berzonsky, A Constructivist View of Identity Development: People as Postpositivist Self-Theorists. J. Kroger, On the Nature of Structural Transition in the Identity Formation Process. S.J. Haslett, Modeling in Human Development and Ego Identity Status Studies.