Relationships between Negative Identity, Career Decisions, and Interpersonal Relationships

[Speaker] Hihara, Shogo:1
[Co-author] Sugimura, Kazumi:1
1:Department of Psychology, Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima University (Japan)

Adolescents with a high sense of negative identity are considered to have various problems in their attitudes towards society and interpersonal relationships. However, no previous study has empirically examined this issue. Therefore, the present study examined the relationships between negative identity, career decisions (i.e., career consciousness, career exploration, and career indecision), and interpersonal stress coping. Participants comprised 125 Japanese university students. In line with our hypothesis, the results of correlation analyses revealed that negative identity score was positively related with, passive career consciousness and career indecision. Moreover, negative identity was negatively associated with the tendency to engage in environmental exploration. These relationships of negative identity with attitudes towards society and interpersonal relationships are discussed in connection with adolescent psychosocial development.
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