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Which Person is Important to Relational Identity in Japanese University Students? : Examining associations between identity processes and personality, psychosocial problems, and parent-adolescent relationships for different selected persons
creator
Hatano, Kai
Tokuoka, Masaru
Nishida, Wakaba
Sato, Yuki
Hokii, Takafumi
subject
university students
U-MICS
relational identity
Japanese
大学生
U-MICS
対人関係アイデンティティ
日本人
NDC
Education
abstract
The Utrecht-Management of Identity Commitments Scale (U-MICS) is a tool for assessing three identity processes (commitment, in-depth exploration, and reconsideration of commitment) in one ideological (educational) and one relational domain. For the Japanese version of U-MICS, concurrent validity has been confirmed in the educational domain, but not in the relational domain. A possible reason was that participants could choose which person to think about when answering items about relational identity on the U-MICS questionnaire. Because associations between relational identity processes and correlates might be different across participants choosing differing persons, theoretically consistent associations were not found in total in the previous study. The present study addressed this by investigating which person is important to relational identity formation in Japanese university students (N = 642, 48.0% female, mean age = 20.0 years). We first divided participants into four groups according to the person they thought about filling items about relational identity: (a) father, (b) mother, (c) best friend or partner, and (d) sibling or other. We then examined associations between the three relational identity processes and measures of personality, psychosocial problems, and parent-adolescent relationships, by group. Results showed that meaningful associations between all these were found in a group of participants who chose their mother, suggesting that a mother can be the most important frame of reference for relational identity formation in Japanese university students. Implications and suggestions for future research are discussed.
journal title
Bulletin of the Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima University. Part 3, Education and human science
issue
Issue 62
start page
89
end page
97
date of issued
2013-12-20
publisher
広島大学大学院教育学研究科
issn
1346-5562
ncid
SelfDOI
language
jpn
nii type
Departmental Bulletin Paper
HU type
Departmental Bulletin Papers
DCMI type
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application/pdf
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department
Graduate School of Education
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