Identity Styles, Mental Health and Socio-economic Status of Iranian Late Adolescents

Alireza Ghorbani, Haslinda Binti Abdullah, Sakineh Jomenia


This study examines identity formation among Golestan’s late adolescents. Its findings indicate that 94.3% of participants have not experienced an identity crisis. A majority of respondents 33.8% reflected the diffuse-avoidant identity style. No significant difference in identity style exists between late adolescent’smales and females. There isa significant difference in identity styles between different age groups. Comparative consequences showed that there isn't significant difference between girls and boys in finding identity style, while there is significant difference between different age groups, which means there is significant difference between 20- 24 year olds in confusion identity style.Correlation consequences show that there is significant relationship between confusion identity style and identity crisis. It means that those experiencing the identity crisis have more tendencies to face identity diffuse/avoidant. Thereis also significant negative correlation between confusion identity style and economic-social status, which means the higherthe economic and social status, the less is experiences in the confusion identity style. In addition, the results show that there is significant correlation between identity crisis and mental health. It means those girls experiencing identity crisis have lower psychiatric health, while this is different among boys, which means boys who experience identity crisis have higher chance of having mental health.

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Asian Social Science   ISSN 1911-2017 (Print)   ISSN 1911-2025 (Online)

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