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Political, religious and occupational identities in context: Placing identity status paradigm in context

Solomontos-Kountouri, Olga and Hurry, Jane (2008) Political, religious and occupational identities in context: Placing identity status paradigm in context. Journal of Adolescence, 31. pp. 241-258. ISSN 0140-1971. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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This study critically contrasts global identity with domain-specific identities (political, religious and occupational) and considers context and gender as integral parts of identity. In a cross-sectional survey, 1038 Greek Cypriot adolescents (449 boys and 589 girls, mean age 16.8) from the three different types of secondary schools (state, state technical and private) and from different SES completed part of the Extended Objective Measure of Ego-Identity Status-2 (EOMEIS-2). The macrocontext of Greek Cypriot society is used to understand the role of context in adolescents’ identities. Results showed that Greek Cypriot young people were not in the same statuses across their global, political, religious and occupational identities. This heterogeneity in the status of global identity and of each identity domain is partially explained by differences in gender, type of school and SES (Socio-Economic Status). The fact that identity status is found to be reactive to context suggests that developmental stage models of identity status should place greater emphasis on context.

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Additional Information: Cross-sectional survey of 1200 Greek Cypriot adolescents, investigating the influence of contextual variables on their developing identities in the domains of politics, religion and occupation. The study uses a highly representative sample of 10% of Greek Cypriot adolescents. A key measure in the field of Identity Status research is used and critiqued. The study is part of a new direction in Identity Status research to challenge 'Grand Theories' of global identity development, and demonstrates teh domain specific impact of contextual factors on young people's construction of their occupationl, political and religious identity.
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Date Deposited: 18 May 2010 17:03
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