Date of Award:

1983

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Psychology

Advisor/Chair:

Gerald R. Adams

Co-Advisor/Chair:

William R. Dobson

Abstract

The relationship between conformity behavior and the four identity statuses as operationalized by Marcia was studied in 80 college students. Also, various personality characteristics were studied relative to their discernability by identity status and their relationship to conformity behavior. As sex difference was a major consideration in the study, the sample was divided into 40 males and 40 females ranging in age from 18 to 25 years. Statistical analysis indicated there were no significant differences between identity statuses relative to conformity for either males or females. In addition, very few personality characteristics were indicative of conformity for either sex. However, knowledge of personality profiles led to the correct classification into the four identity statuses for 72.5% of male subjects and 67.5% of the female subjects. These results would appear to indicate that identity and personality are positively related constructs which are not easily transferable to overt behavior regardless of sex.

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