Assessment of identity development: Current issues and future directions

Harold D. Grotevant

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Over the past 20 years, much empirical work has accumulated to support Erikson's Contention that identity Formation is a pivotal developmental task of adolescence. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the three Techniques of identity assessment most commonly in use at the present; to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each approach; and to make recommendations for future work, drawing from the literature on career exploration. The field is now at a point where more sensitive measurement is needed in order to understand the processes underlying identity development. Discussion integrates the traditional Erikson-Marcia identity research with the work currently being undertaken in the career development field in order to arrive at a more process-oriented characterization of identity Formation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)175-181
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Adolescent Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1986


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