The personality-identity interplay in emerging adult women: convergent findings from complementary analyses
Article first published online: 20 MAR 2006
Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Personality
Volume 20, Issue 3, pages 195–215, April 2006
How to Cite
Luyckx, K., Soenens, B. and Goossens, L. (2006), The personality-identity interplay in emerging adult women: convergent findings from complementary analyses. Eur. J. Pers., 20: 195–215. doi: 10.1002/per.579
- Issue published online: 6 APR 2006
- Article first published online: 20 MAR 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 27 JUL 2005
- Manuscript Received: 18 APR 2005
- Research Fund-Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium). Grant Number: OT/2002/22
- Big Five;
The present study examined whether identity development occurs in tandem with personality development in emerging adulthood. Three-wave longitudinal data on a sample of 351 female college students were used to answer questions about stability and change, direction of effects, and interrelated developmental trajectories. Four identity dimensions (i.e. commitment making, exploration in breadth, identification with commitment, and exploration in depth) and the Big Five were assessed. Identity and personality were found to be meaningfully related at the level of both the time-specific adjacent measures and the underlying developmental trajectories with various degrees of convergence. Cross-lagged analyses substantiated reciprocal influences and Latent Growth Curve Modelling substantiated common developmental pathways that partially mirrored the concurrent relations. Implications and suggestions for future research are discussed. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.