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Accommodating a new identity: Possible selves, identity change and well-being across two life-transitions
journal contributionposted on 2023-06-07, 18:12 authored by Claudia Manzi, Vivian VignolesVivian Vignoles, Camilo Regalia
We examined the role of desired, feared, and expected possible future identity structures in the restructuring of identity after two life transitions. A longitudinal study was conducted on 86 young adults during the transition from school to university and 143 adults during the transition to parenthood. In both samples, pre-transition desires and expectations about the restructuring of identity predicted post-transition actual identity structures. Post-transition emotional well-being was higher among those whose post-transition identity structures more closely matched their initial desires and less closely matched their initial fears, and among those who reported a greater magnitude of identity change. We propose that possible future identity structures play an important role in the identity accommodation process during life-transitions, and that they have significant implications for well-being.
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Psychology
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