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The Life Story, Domains of Identity, and Personality Development in Emerging Adulthood: Integrating Narrative and Traditional Approaches

Michael W. Pratt and M. Kyle Matsuba

Abstract

This book is about the life story and its integration into the wider personality in development, as depicted in Erikson’s theory of personality stages. The authors focus on how this personal identity narrative develops in emerging adulthood, the transition period from adolescence to young adulthood. They utilize a framework proposed by McAdams, which treats personality development as composed of three levels acquired across the life course: behavioral traits; personal values and motives; and finally, the life story, which provides some sense of a coherent personal identity. The life story and ... More

Keywords: personality development, the life story, Erikson’s stages, personality development levels, domains of identity, mixed methods research, personality integration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199934263
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199934263.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael W. Pratt, author
Professor of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University

M. Kyle Matsuba, author
Instructor, Kwantlen Polytechnic University