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PS25P-03-225

How is identity related to internal and external problem behaviors in adolescence?

[Speaker] Hatano, Kai:1
[Co-author] Sugimura, Kazumi:2
1:Osaka Prefecture University (Japan), 2:Hiroshima University (Japan)

Previous empirical study revealed that a bi-factor solution (i.e., positing one total identity factor with two lower order factors; identity synthesis and confusion) is the best way to measure the concept of identity, and indicated that total identity negatively related to internalizing problem behaviors (i.e., depression and anxiety) in young adulthood (Schwartz et al., 2009). In this study, we examined the relationships between identity and both internal and external problem behaviors in adolescence using a bi-factor model. Participants were 935 early and middle Japanese adolescents. The Structural Equation Modeling analyses revealed that the total identity negatively related to internalizing problem behaviors (i.e., emotional symptom) and externalizing problem behaviors (i.e., conduct problems, hyper activity, and peer problems) in both age groups. These findings suggest that the identity plays an important role to prevent adolescents from engaging in both internal and external problem behaviors.
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