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Exploring a Mediational Model: Sex Role, Intimate Friendship, and Identity Formation in Adolescence

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dc.contributor.author Greene, Melissa
dc.date.accessioned 2015-03-25T20:19:11Z
dc.date.available 2015-03-25T20:19:11Z
dc.date.issued 1996
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10066/15809
dc.description.abstract The purpose of the present study was to investigate the role of intimate friendship as a mediator in the relationship between sex role and identity formation in adolescence. Participants were 165 male and 132 female high school students ranging in age from 14 to 19 years old. Participants completed three questionnaires assessing sex role (Personnel Attributes Questionnaire), friendship (Measure of Adolescent Friendship Characteristics), and identity formation (Revised Extended Version of the Objective Measure of Ego Identity Status). Correlational, multiple and hierarchical regression analyses were performed to test the relationships involved in the mediational model. Results indicated that expressive friendships significantly mediated the relationship between femininity and interpersonal and overall identity formation. Additionally, significant sex differences were found, with the mediational model holding more strongly for girls than for boys. Results are discussed in light of past research and theory on sex roles, adolescent friendship, and identity formation, and suggestions for future research are proposed.
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Department of Psychology
dc.language.iso eng
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
dc.subject.lcsh Sex role
dc.subject.lcsh Intimacy (Psychology)
dc.subject.lcsh Identity (Psychology) in adolescence
dc.title Exploring a Mediational Model: Sex Role, Intimate Friendship, and Identity Formation in Adolescence
dc.type Thesis
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