Identity and intimacy: A longitudinal qualitative study of young Australians

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Laughland-Booy, Jacqueline, Skrbis, Zlatko and Newcombe, Peter. (2018) Identity and intimacy: A longitudinal qualitative study of young Australians. Journal of Adolescent Research. 33(6), pp. 725 - 751. https://doi.org/10.1177/0743558416684959
AuthorsLaughland-Booy, Jacqueline, Skrbis, Zlatko and Newcombe, Peter
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.

Keywordsearly/emerging adulthood; young people; identity; identity issues; intimacy; qualitative longitudinal research; romantic relationship formation; Oceania; Australia
Year2018
JournalJournal of Adolescent Research
Journal citation33 (6), pp. 725 - 751
PublisherSage
ISSN0743-5584
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0743558416684959
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85018774300
Page range725 - 751
ProjectOur Lives Project
Research GroupSchool of Arts
ARC Funded ResearchThis output has been funded, wholly or partially, under the Australian Research Council Act 2001
Grant IDARC/DP0557667
ARC/DP0878781
Place of publicationUnited States of America
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