Capturing Identity: Quantitative and Qualitative Methods

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Meike Watzlawik, Aristi Born
University Press of America, 2007 - Psychology - 200 pages
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Scientists from six countries, well known for their work in the field of identity research, explain and comment on methodological approaches used to research identity. This book concentrates on qualitative methods, such as narrative identity analysis or semi-structured interviewing techniques to determine identity status, as well as the quantitative method of using questionnaires. It also discusses the advantages and disadvantages of these methods and their future integration. The reader will learn about qualitative and quantitative research and discover the similarities and differences between the methods of researching identity, depending on research with methodological roots in one field, the other, or both. Chapters include: .James E. Marcia presents his latest thoughts and experiences regarding the identity status concept and focuses on the Identity Status Interview (ISI) as a method to obtain empirical access to ego identity development. .Guenter Mey presents a case study from his project "Adolescence, Identity, Narration" based on problem-centered interviews and the specific interviewing, transcription, and data analysis procedures utilized. .Mechthild Kiegelmann introduces the Voice Approach, a qualitative-oriented research method developed by Carol Gilligan, Lyn Brown, and their colleagues, which can be applied to identity research. .Luc Goossens and Koen Luyckx present their results, which are mostly based on questionnaires offering a broad range of data analyses. .Wim Meeus, the author of the Utrecht-Groningen Identity Development Scale, and Minet de Wied offer an overview of twenty-five years of research on relationships with parents and identity in adolescence."
 

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Contents

Theory and Measure The Identity Status Interview
1
Assessing Identity as the Meaningfulness of Meanings The Flensburg Identity Status Interview FISI
15
Designing the Long View Lessons from a Qualitative Longitudinal Study on Identity Development
23
A Content Analysis of Narratives from a Categorical and Holistic Point of View to Study Changes after a Rite of Passage
39
Qualitative Research on Adolescence Identity Narration Programmatic and Empirical Examples
53
Analyzing Identity Using a Voice Approach
71
Draw your Life Investigations of Pictorial Representations of Life Courses
85
Identity Development in College Students VariableCentered and PersonCentered Analyses
105
To Explore and to Commit A German Version of the UtrechtGroningen Identity Development Scale UGIDS
119
Relationships with Parents and Identity in Adolescence A Review of 25 Years of Research
131
Welldiffused? Identity Diffusion and Wellbeing in Emerging Adulthood
149
Continuity Change and Mechanisms of Identity Development
163
Identity Formation Qualitative and Quantitative Methods of Inquiry
179
No final remark No closing words
197
Method Index
199
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Meike Watzlawik is assistant professor at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, earned a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology (subject: sexual identity development). Her main research interests are identity development in adolescence and siblings, especially twins.

Aristi Born is assistant professor at the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg, Germany, earned a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology (subject: regulation of personal identity after German reunification). Her main research interests are identity development, as well as tasks and resources in emerging adulthood.

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