An object relations approach to identity in young adults



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Texas Tech University


The present study seeks to apply the constructs of object relations theory to the realm of normal late adolescent personality development. First, there will be an examination of the theory of pathology, with specific attention to the simultaneous development of object relations and identity. Second, the theory of normal personality development will be presented. This theoretical presentation is given in order to explicate the relationship between the personality variables to be experimentally investigated. Following the review of relevant theory, each instrument used in the present research will be discussed. The present study will also evaluate the construct validity of the instruments used to measure the dependent variables of guilt and interpersonal withdrawnness.