Identity processes and quality of emotional autonomy: The contribution of two developmental tasks on middle-adolescents’ subjective well-being

Carla Zappulla, Ugo Pace

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Abstract

This study examined the concurrent and predictive relationships between identity-related processes of commitment and exploration, emotional autonomy quality-related constructs of separation and detachment, and subjective well-being, measured through life satisfaction. Four hundred and sixty-one middle-adolescents (227 boys, 234 girls) completed measures of identity, emotional autonomy quality, and satisfaction within different domains. Results showed concurrent and predictive positive relations between commitment, separation and satisfaction with self, and negative relations between exploration, detachment, and satisfaction with self. Results also showed that the relation between satisfaction with self and detachment was different for adolescents who had high levels of commitment and low levels of exploration. Findings suggest a moderator role of high commitment and low exploration in the relation between detachment and self-satisfaction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-340
Number of pages18
JournalIdentity
Volume9
Publication statusPublished - 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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