Characterizing the self-system over time in adolescence: internal structure and associations with internalizing symptoms.

Journal of Youth and Adolescence
Seth J SchwartzWim Meeus

Abstract

The longitudinal effects among self and identity processes, and between these processes and internalizing symptoms, are not well understood. As a result, the present study was designed to ascertain the over-time effects among identity commitment, reconsideration of commitments, and self-concept clarity, as well as to map the interplay of these self and identity processes with anxiety and depressive symptoms in early adolescence. A sample of 923 Dutch adolescents (mean age 12.4 years at Time 1; 49.3% female) participated at each of five annual assessments. Multivariate growth curve and cross-lagged panel models indicated that the association between self-concept clarity and commitment was bidirectional, that reconsideration occurs based on problems or dissatisfaction with self-concept clarity and with identity commitments, and that self-concept clarity (but not commitment or reconsideration) temporally precedes depressive and anxiety symptoms. Results are discussed in terms of the structure of the self-system and its associations with internalizing symptoms.

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Dec 19, 2015·Journal of Adolescence·Eleonora Ioana PopWim Meeus
Dec 12, 2012·New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development·Theo A KlimstraWim H J Meeus
Jan 20, 2018·Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin·Guy ItzchakovYaara Turjeman-Levi
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