Date of Award

5-1988

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Departmental Honors

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Gerald K. Adams

Abstract

Erik Erikson (1968) set forth the framework for the conceptualization and adolescent identity formation in the late 1960's. The assessment of identity invokes a subjective measurement of a youth's process and current standing regarding sociopsychological development. According to Adams (1987) throughout Erikson's writings a "conscious sense of individual identity," a process of "ego synthesis" and formation of sense of social "ideals and social identity" are central considerations when discussing identity.

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