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dc.contributor.advisor Moripe, S. Mashegoane, Solomon
dc.contributor.other Peltzer, K. 2013-05-10T09:07:20Z 2013-05-10T09:07:20Z 2012
dc.description Thesis (Ph.D. (Psychology)) -- University of Limpopo, 2012 en_US
dc.description.abstract The identity status paradigm (ISP) is probably the most common theoretical model used to study identity development. It originates from Erikson’s (1950/1977) psychosocial theory, which, in turn, is historically rooted in the psychoanalytic perspective. The ISP postulates predictable relationships between each of the identity status categories and various intrapersonal and contextual variables. The applicability of the ISP in the South African context is tested in this study. A student sample was drawn from a predominantly African university, and was assessed for identity development over a period of three consecutive years (Ns = 394, 96 & 60, for years one, two and three, in that order). Participants were initially classified into the four identity status categories of Achievement, Moratorium, Foreclosure and Diffusion. The impact of gender and age on identity status development was investigated. The association between defenses and the identity statuses was also determined. Thereafter, identity statuses, in conjunction with defenses, narcissism, and parental attachment, were related to the ego strengths of Fidelity and Love. The results suggest that generally there is no relationship between the sets of variables in this particular sample. The results are discussed in relation to existing literature, and the issue of the appropriateness of the theory and/or the measures in the present sample is raised. Key terms: defense, ego strength, identity status, narcissism, parental attachment en_US
dc.description.sponsorship the Norwegian Programme for Development, Research and Education (NUFU), en_US
dc.format.extent xiv, 216 leaves. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Limpopo (Turfloop Campus) en_US
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dc.subject Identity status development en_US
dc.subject Narcissism en_US
dc.subject Parental attachment en_US
dc.subject Ego strengths en_US
dc.subject.ddc 155.2 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Identity (Psychology) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Narcissism en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Sex differences en_US
dc.title Identity status development in the South African context : Relations with defenses, narcissism, parental attachment and ego strengths en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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