The dynamics of personality and identity in adolescence

T.A. Klimstra

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The present paper summarizes some of the key findings on the dynamics of personality and identity in adolescence by the author's research group. With regard to personality, we found evidence for a maturation process in which girls were ahead of boys. Being ahead or lagging behind with regard to this maturation process was found to be associated with internalizing and externalizing problems, respectively. We further identified which specific traits were associated with problem behaviour, and showed that these associations are bidirectional. With regard to identity, we showed that short-term fluctuations affect subsequent levels of identity dimensions. In addition, we uncovered a commitment–reconsideration dynamic that operates on a day-to-day level.
Keywords: Adolescence, Personality, Identity formation, Big Five, Adjustment
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)472-484
JournalEuropean Journal of Developmental Psychology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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