The Association between Identity Development and Intimacy during Adolescence: A Theoretical Treatise

Patricia A.H. Dyk, Gerald R. Adams

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Abstract

An analysis of the personal (individuation) and social (integration) aspects of both identity and intimacy is undertaken. An argument is advanced on the role both social and personal dimensions play in our construction of the identity and the intimacy constructs, with the primary goal of encouraging a new and broader look at how identity and intimacy can be examined as intertwining aspects of personality and social development during adolescence. The basic functions of identity and intimacy are discussed and the inter-linkage that exists between the two constructs is analyzed. Speculations on future research directions regarding developmental and behavioral research questions are provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-235
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Adolescent Research
Volume2
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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