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Type Journal Article - The Online Journal of Counseling and Education
Title The Effects of Identity Dimensions and Employment on the Transition to Adulthood
Author(s)
Volume 3
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2014
Page numbers 1-10
URL http://www.tojce.com/tojce/volume/january2014/Morsunbul 1-10.pdf
Abstract
Sense of adulthood is influenced both psychological and contextual factors. The aim of this present study is to
examine the contribution of psychological (identity dimensions) and contextual (being in university and
being employed) process on a sense of adulthood. Data was collected from 312 participants. Identity Stage
Resolution Index, Dimensions of Identity Development Scale and the following item: `Do you think that you
have reached adulthood?`were used. Results showed that most of participants who are in workforce perceived
themselves as adults whereas most of university students stated that they had reached adulthood in some
respects but not in other respects. Regression analysis indicated that all predictors accounted for 25% variance of
the sense of adulthood of emerging adults who took part in the present study. The best predictor of sense of
adulthood is commitment making and then ruminative exploration, identification with commitment and being
employed.

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