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Sex Roles, Friendships, and Identity Formation

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dc.contributor.advisor DiPlacido, Joanne Richman, Kathy 2015-03-26T17:27:09Z 2015-03-26T17:27:09Z 1996
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). Correlations, multiple and hierarchical regression analyses were performed. Results indicated that expressive friendships did significantly mediate the relationship between femininity and interpersonal and overall identity. Additionally, significant sex differences were found, with the mediational model holding more strongly for girls than for boys. Future research is necessary to discover whether sex or sex role is the crucial predictor in the mediational model.
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Department of Psychology
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject.lcsh Identity (Psychology) in adolescence
dc.subject.lcsh Sex role
dc.subject.lcsh Friendship in adolescence
dc.subject.lcsh Intimacy (Psychology)
dc.title Sex Roles, Friendships, and Identity Formation
dc.type Thesis
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