Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

First Advisor's Name

William M. Kurtines

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Wendy Silverman

Third Advisor's Name

Mary Levitt

Date of Defense

3-12-2008

Abstract

This study evaluated the Changing Lives Program intervention in promoting emotion-focused identity exploration (i.e. feelings of personal expressiveness; PE), cognitively-focused identity exploration (i.e. informational identity processing style; INFO), and identity resolution (IDR). Using structural equation modeling techniques, this study found that participation in the CLP was associated with statistically significant positive change in PE (path = .482, p < .043), marginally significant change in INFO (path = .132, p < .083), and significantly moderated change in IDR (IDR X ETHNICITY path = .344, p < .053). Increase in PE scores were also found to be significantly associated with increases in INFO scores (path =.748, p < .001) and marginally significantly associated with increases in IDR scores (path = .379, p < .068). Findings suggest that the CLP intervention may promote increases in cognitively-focused identity exploration and protect against declines in emotion-focused identity exploration.

Identifier

FI15101274

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Psychology Commons

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