Accommodating a new identity: Possible selves, identity change and well-being across two life-transitions

Manzi, Claudia, Vignoles, Vivian L and Regalia, Camilo (2010) Accommodating a new identity: Possible selves, identity change and well-being across two life-transitions. European Journal of Social Psychology, 40 (6). pp. 970-984. ISSN 0046-2772

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Abstract

We examined the role of desired, feared, and expected possible future identity structures in the restructuring of identity after two life transitions. A longitudinal study was conducted on 86 young adults during the transition from school to university and 143 adults during the transition to parenthood. In both samples, pre-transition desires and expectations about the restructuring of identity predicted post-transition actual identity structures. Post-transition emotional well-being was higher among those whose post-transition identity structures more closely matched their initial desires and less closely matched their initial fears, and among those who reported a greater magnitude of identity change. We propose that possible future identity structures play an important role in the identity accommodation process during life-transitions, and that they have significant implications for well-being.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Vivian Vignoles
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:38
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2012 11:22
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/13654
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