Childhood indicators of adult intimacy : a psychosocial study
Erik Erikson argues that ego identity must be developed before adult intimacy can be achieved. This study examines the influence of the development of ego identity during adolescence on adult intimacy. A total of 212 young adults was surveyed using Rosenthal et al.'s (1981) Erikson Psychosocial Stage Inventory (EPSI) and Descutner and Thelen's (1991) Fear-of-Intimacy Scale (FIS). In addition a Developmental Attribute Checklist (DAC) was administered to investigate developmental precursors to a fear-of-intimacy. A significant correlation between ego identity and intimacy was found. Significant gender differences were also obtained for fear-of-intimacy, but not for ego identity. The results support using the FIS as a research tool in the study of fear-of-intimacy. Epigenetic theory implications were evidenced by a positive correlation of achieved intimacy with someone currently experiencing an intimate relationship. Achieved intimacy level also predicted the satisfaction with the quality of one's dating relationships.
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Wang, Alvin Y.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Arts and Sciences
Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic;Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Mahoney, Kevin, "Childhood indicators of adult intimacy : a psychosocial study" (1993). HIM 1990-2015. 21.