Title: Identity and perceived peer relationship quality in emerging adulthood: The mediating role of attachment-related emotions
Authors: Doumen, Sarah ×
Smits, Ilse
Luyckx, Koen
Duriez, Bart
Vanhalst, Janne
Verschueren, Karine
Goossens, Luc #
Issue Date: Dec-2012
Series Title: Journal of Adolescence vol:35 issue:6 pages:1417-1425
Abstract: Identity formation and the perceived quality of one’s peer relationships are theorized to be intimately linked in emerging adulthood. The present study examined the associations between identity styles (i.e., information-oriented, normative, and diffuse-avoidant styles) and the quality of relationships with peers (as indexed by friendship quality and loneliness) in a sample of 343 college students from Belgium. High scores for the information-oriented style were positively related to friendship quality, whereas high scores for the diffuse-avoidant identity style were positively related to loneliness. These direct associations were mediated, at least in part, by attachment–related emotions (i.e., avoidance and anxiety). These associations, both direct and indirect, provide the first evidence linking identity styles and the quality of peer relationships. Suggestions for future research are provided, both at the methodological and the conceptual level.
ISSN: 0140-1971
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:School Psychology and Child and Adolescent Development
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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