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Identity Development
Adolescence Through Adulthood

Second Edition


July 2006 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"This is the one book that I recommend as authoritative on life-span identity development. Written in a lively style with examples both numerous and apt, it helps practitioners and social planners to become current with research findings, and it provides researchers with both the necessary background and intriguing new ideas to advance their work. University instructors will find it invaluable as a text for a seminar in identity development as well as a highly useful supplement for courses in life-span development (adolescence through late adulthood) and personality theory. Kroger has written that rare book that is highly informative, useful, and a pleasure to read." -- James E. Marcia, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia

This volume highlights identity development from early adolescence through late adulthood and provides a valuable resource for university students as well as human services professionals. This Second Edition of Identity Development: Adolescence Through Adulthood presents an overview of the five general theoretical orientations to the question of what constitutes identity, as well as the strengths and limitations of each approach. The volume then describes key biological, psychological, and contextual issues during each phase of adolescence and adulthood. Following these major adolescence and adulthood sections, selected issues that may pose identity challenges for some are presented.

New to the Second Edition:

  • A thorough updating of key theories, researches, and demographic information on the course and contents of identity development from adolescence through adulthood
  • An international focus in the selection of research used to examine key issues
  • A discussion of measurement techniques used within various theoretical orientations to investigate issues of identity
  • A contemporary critical analysis of current identity research within an Eriksonian framework


 
Preface
 
PART I. INTRODUCTION
 
Perspectives on Identity
Origins of Identity: Erik Erikson

 
Contemporary Approaches to Identity: An Overview

 
Key Similarities and Differences Across Identity Models

 
Back to the Beginning

 
 
PART II. ADOLESCENCE
 
Identity in Early Adolescence
Intersection of Biological, Psychological, and Societal Influences on Identity in Early Adolescence: An Overview

 
Coming to Terms With Pubertal Change: Identity Implications

 
Timing of Pubertal Change: Identity Implications

 
Identity and Sexuality

 
Contexts Affecting Early Adolescent Identity Development

 
Back to the Beginning

 
Answers to Chapter Questions

 
 
Identity in Mid-Adolescence
Intersection of Biological, Psychological, and Societal Influences on Identity in Mid-Adolescence: An Overview

 
Identity and Sexuality

 
Identity and Vocation

 
Identity and Meaningful Values

 
Contexts Affecting Mid-Adolescent Identity Development

 
Back to the Beginning

 
Answers to Chapter Questions

 
 
Identity in Late Adolescence
Intersection of Biological, Psychological, and Societal Influences on Identity in Late Adolescence: An Overview

 
The Second Separation-Individuation Process and Identity Formation

 
The Beginnings of Intimacy

 
Actualizing Vocational Directions

 
Identity, Meaningful Values, and Personality

 
Contexts Affecting Late Adolescent Identity Development

 
Back to the Beginning

 
Answers to Chapter Questions

 
 
Selected Identity Issues of Adolescence
Identity and Adoption

 
Identity and Unemployment

 
Identity and Ethnicity

 
Identity and Residential Relocation

 
Back to the Beginning

 
Answers to Chapter Questions

 
 
PART III. ADULTHOOD
 
Identity in Early Adulthood
Intersection of Biological, Psychological, and Societal Influences on Identity in Early Adulthood: An Overview

 
The Course of Identity in Early Adulthood

 
The Contents of Identity in Early Adulthood

 
Identity and Intimacy in Early Adulthood

 
Identity and Generativity in Early Adulthood

 
Contexts Affecting Early Adult Identity Development

 
Back to the Beginning

 
Answers to Chapter Questions

 
 
Identity in Middle Adulthood
Intersection of Biological, Psychological, and Societal Influences on Identity in Middle Adulthood: An Overview

 
The Course of Identity in Middle Adulthood

 
The Contents of Identity in Middle Adulthood

 
Identity and Generativity in Middle Adulthood

 
Contexts Affecting Identity Development During Middle Adulthood

 
Back to the Beginning

 
Answers to Chapter Questions

 
 
Identity in Late Adulthood
Intersection of Biological, Psychological, and Societal Influences on Identity in Late Adulthood: An Overview

 
The Course of Identity in Late Adulthood

 
The Contents of Identity in Late Adulthood

 
Identity and Integrity in Late Adulthood

 
Contexts Affecting Identity in Late Adulthood

 
Back to the Beginning

 
Answers to Chapter Questions

 
 
Selected Identity Issues of Adulthood
Identity and Loss of an Intimate Relationship

 
Identity and Infertility

 
Identity and Threats to Physical Integrity

 
Identity and Coming to Terms With Death

 
Back to the Beginning

 
Answers to Chapter Questions

 
 
PART IV. EPILOGUE
 
References
 
Author Index
 
Subject Index
 
About the Author

Excellent. Interesting and informative. Well written and comprehendable. This book spans identity through the lifespan, clarifying and explaining clearly.

Ms Michelle Evans
Faculty of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University
August 30, 2012

The book realy helps the student to gain understanding of identity development, and it's importance to the individual. I like the specific references to social work, such as identity and adoption. This is helpful to students preparing for placement after this module.

Mr Dave Mason
Faculty of Health, Staffordshire University
September 13, 2011

An accessible overview of leading theories on identity development, presented from a life-span perspective. The introductory chapter is highly effective in "setting the scene".

Mr John Perry
School of Medicine, Southampton General Hospital
May 26, 2011

This book offers a very nice overview of research and theory on identity development.

Dr Susan Branje
Pedagogical and Educational Science, Utrecht University
April 7, 2010
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Key features
  • Chapter-opening questions intrigue and orient the reader's attention to major concepts that will be explored within the chapter (with answers to questions provided at the end of each chapter).
  • Interviews and narrative excerpts offer readers a glimpse of how people grapple with and view identity issues.
  • Summary tables provide readers with comparisons between theories and approaches to studying different types of identity issues.
  • Section summaries and implications give readers a chance to review, check, and absorb a section of each chapter's material.
  • Back-to-the-Beginning summaries review the chapter's material and provide reflection upon the concepts and issues addressed.
  • An epilogue provides a critical analysis of current identity research with an Eriksonian perspective.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 2

Chapter 5

Chapter 8


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