Identity Status Change Within Personal Style Clusters : A Longitudinal Perspective From Early Adulthood to Midlife
Fadjukoff, P., Feldt, T., Kokko, K., & Pulkkinen, L. (2019). Identity Status Change Within Personal Style Clusters : A Longitudinal Perspective From Early Adulthood to Midlife. Identity, 19 (1), 1-17. doi:10.1080/15283488.2019.1566066
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Differences in identity stability and change from age 36 through 42 to 50 were examined between three male and female personal style clusters extracted at age 27. We expected, first, the identity statuses to consistently differ between the clusters and, second, those with the least mature identity to move closer to others during midlife. Differences between the personal style clusters were discovered on all identity statuses across ages. Although significant personal style × age interactions were not detected, some evidence of pace-of-development differences emerged for women: Initial differences in identity maturation between the female groups partially leveled off by midlife. In men, early adulthood identity maturation in the conflicted group was however followed by a re-decline in later midlife.