Examination of Identity and Romantic Relationship Intimacy Associations with Well-Being in Emerging Adulthood

H. Durell Johnson, Althea Kent, Elizabeth Yale

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Abstract

This study examined identity and romantic relationship intimacy associations with emerging adults' well-being. Examination of identity status differences in well-being indicated emerging adults in foreclosed and achieved identity statuses reported higher well-being levels than identity diffuse and moratorium emerging adults. Results also indicated gender moderation of identity status differences in romantic relationship intimacy. Identity diffuse and moratorium women reported more intimate relationships than diffuse and moratorium men. Further, identity diffuse, foreclosed, and achieved emerging adult women reported higher romantic relationship intimacy than identity moratorium women whereas identity foreclosed and achieved emerging adult men reported higher intimacy than identity diffuse and moratorium men. Finally, results indicated positive associations between romantic relationship intimacy and well-being. This study supports previous identity status differences in well-being and also suggests that romantic relationship intimacy contributes to emerging adults' well-being. Findings are discussed with regard to the theoretical and empirical importance of considering identity and romantic relationship characteristics when examining emerging adult social and psychological well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)296-319
Number of pages24
JournalIdentity
Volume12
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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