Daily dynamics of personal identity and self-concept clarity

S.J. Schwartz, T.A. Klimstra, K. Luyckx, W.W. Hale, T. Frijns, A. Oosterwegel, P.A.C. van Lier, H.M. Koot, W.H.J. Meeus

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We examined the daily dynamics among self-concept clarity and identity processes, and their effects on distress, among a sample of 580 Dutch adolescents. Participants completed measures of identity, self-concept clarity, anxiety and depression at annual intervals; and daily single-item measures of self-concept clarity, identity commitments and reconsideration across three 5-day weeks. We examined (a) cross-lagged associations of self-concept clarity to identity commitment and reconsideration and (b) associations of daily fluctuations in self and identity processes to later anxiety and depression. Results indicated that self-concept clarity and identity commitments influence one another reciprocally across days, and that day-to-day fluctuations in identity predicted later anxiety and depression. Results are discussed in terms of self and identity processes and their effects on distress. © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-385
JournalEuropean Journal of Personality
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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