Psychosocial Development, Self-Concept, and Gender

Thalma E. Lobel*, Guy L. Winch

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Undergraduate students (N = 88; 51 males and 37 females) completed the Tennessee Self-Concept Scale (TSCS; Fitts, 1965) and the identity versus identity diffusion and intimacy versus isolation scales from Constantinople’s (1969) Inventory of Psychosocial Development (IPD). Strong positive correlations were found between ego identity and all aspects of self-concept for both males and females. Different results emerged for the intimacy versus isolation crisis, however. For males, all aspects of self-concept were related to a sense of intimacy, but for females intimacy was related only to the behavioral and interpersonal aspects of self-concept. The implications of these findings are discussed and the contingency of intimacy upon ego identity is questioned with regard to females.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-411
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Genetic Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1988


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