Identity and intimacy: a longitudinal qualitative study of young Australians

Laughland-Booy, Jacqueline, Skrbis, Zlatko and Newcombe, Peter (2017) Identity and intimacy: a longitudinal qualitative study of young Australians. Journal of Adolescent Research, 1-27. doi:10.1177/0743558416684959

Author Laughland-Booy, Jacqueline
Skrbis, Zlatko
Newcombe, Peter
Title Identity and intimacy: a longitudinal qualitative study of young Australians
Journal name Journal of Adolescent Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0743-5584
Publication date 2017-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0743558416684959
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Start page 1
End page 27
Total pages 27
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract In many industrialized countries, the transition into adulthood has become prolonged and complex. The consequence is that the process of identity formation within various life domains is often being delayed. This study applies a qualitative longitudinal research strategy to track the experiences of 28 young Australians as they undergo the process of identity development within the domain of romantic relationship formation. We explore their experiences and the strategies they have employed to negotiate any challenges faced. This study makes two significant contributions to current literature. First, it provides qualitative insight into some challenges contemporary young Australians are facing with respect to identity formation in this life area, and how they are responding to those challenges. Second, it suggests how theoretical understandings of the processes of identity formation, both in this domain and others, might be expanded in order to acknowledge instances when young people might choose to enter an identity development hiatus.
Keyword Early/emerging adulthood
Young people
Identity issues
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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