Personality development from adolescence to emerging adulthood: Linking trajectories of ego development to the family context and identity formation

Moin Syed, Inge Seiffge-Krenke

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Abstract

This longitudinal study analyzed personality development using an individual approach by examining changes in ego development across the transition from adolescence to emerging adulthood. Specifically, the study mapped the heterogeniety in ego development growthtrajectories and linked the different trajectories to the family context in adolescence and identity development in emerging adulthood. Participants were 98 families with a childwho were followed from age 14 to age 24. Latent class growth analysis identified 4 distinct trajectories of growth in ego development of the children over the 10-year period. Theresults indicated that growth was more rapid during adolescence and tended to taper off in emerging adulthood. In addition, promotion of personal growth within the family and parents' ego development were particulary instrumental in children's ego developmental gainsin adolescence. Finally, youth who demonstrated continued ego development into emerging adulthood also demonstrated heightened levels of identity exploration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)371-384
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of personality and social psychology
Volume104
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 7 2013

Keywords

  • Ego development
  • Emerging adulthood
  • Family climate
  • Identity status
  • Individual devlopment

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