Family Disputes and their Relationship to Psychological Identity among a Sample of Adolescents

Abdalmuhdi M. Sawalhah

Abstract


This study investigated the relationship of family disputes with psychological identity among a sample of 348 adolescents chosen from various first and second secondary classes, using a measure of family disputes domain (family problems, personal and psychological problems). The correlation coefficients were moderate and ranged between .50 and .83. Cronbach’s alpha coefficient was 0.87, 0.90 for the two domains, respectively. The multiple regression analysis of family disputes was used in the prediction of psychological identity for both males and females together and for each gender. To determine the differences between the males and females on each of the measures of family disputes and identity, t-tests were used. The results showed that the family disputes predicted the psychological identity (identity achievement, moratorium, identity foreclosure, and identity diffusion) for both males and females together and for each gender. The results also showed that 67% of the respondents were classified in one personality status. The dominant identity among adolescents was the achieving identity. The results indicated that there were significant differences across gender in the dimensions of family disputes; the personal problems and psychological identity.

 


Keywords


Family disputes, psychological identity, gender differences, adolescents.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24200/jeps.vol8iss2pp304-318

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