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Erik Erikson’s (1968) seminal work provided a basis for further research relating to correlates and outcomes linked with ego-identity formation/maintenance in adolescence and adulthood. Erikson’s emphasis on gaining a firmer sense of identity is considered for future psychosocial adjustment. This study was designed to examine stylistic differences in processing identity-related information and their relations with aspects of psychological well-being amongst adult population. Four-hundred individuals (185 males and 215 females) ranging in age from 17 to 50 years (M = 26.10; SD = 8.59) were recruited from various educational institutions and work places located in urban areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Identity style inventory (version-5) developed by Berzonsky et al. (2013) and Ryff’s (1989) psychological well-being scale (middle version consisting of 54 items) were used as tools to collect the relevant information. The findings revealed that individuals with an informational style scored higher on all the subscales of psychological well-being. On the contrary, diffuse-avoidant persons showed the opposite pattern. Normative style users were low on wellbeing aspects of environmental mastery, autonomy, and personal growth. However, they scored significantly higher on the psychological well-being subcomponents such as positive relations with others, and purpose in life. Moreover, the findings indicate that as age increased, dependence on informational style also increased whereas use of normative and diffuse-avoidant styles decreased. A strong relationship that was observed between identity styles and psychological well-being attests psychological well-being as dependent on styles.

Rukhsana Y. Maroof, Muhammad Jahanzeb Khan. (2019) Investigating the Role of Identity Styles in Predicting Psychological Well Being amongst Adults from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, The Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, Volume-27, Issue-1.
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