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Master of Science (MS)
Family, Consumer, and Human Development
Gerald R. Adams
Ego identity and intimacy statuses were determined for 88 college students, 44 men, and 44 women, and related to each other and to measures of intimacy-isolation, loving and liking, Sex differences were also investigated. Identity achievement subjects were more likely to be engaged in intimate relationships. Students having foreclosure. moratorium. and diffusion identities were variable in their intimacy statuses. A stronger association exists between intimacy and loving than intimacy and liking. While no significant sex differences were found on the overall ego identity and intimacy comparisons, sub scale differences were noted. The evidence suggests identity achievement status is predictive of highly intimate relations while foreclosure, moratorium and diffusion identities are highly variable.
Kacerguis, Mary Ann, "Identity, Intimacy, and Sex Differences" (1978). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 2490.
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