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Identity Development
Adolescence Through Adulthood

Second Edition


September 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, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada

This volume highlights key features of identity development from early adolescence and through late adulthood and provides a valuable resource for university students as well as human services professionals. The 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 proceeds to describe 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 researches 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

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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