Ego-identity formation in black South African young adults

25 May 2015

The study examined aspects of ego-identity development among black African students (N = 104; males = 42%; females = 58%; mean age = 18.7 yr.; SD = 0.9). They completed an ego-identity development measure. Data was analysed descriptively and also comparatively. Findings indicate that ego-identity development appear to be similar between genders, although relatively higher in males than in females on trust, autonomy, initiative, industry and identity stages. Results challenge the gendered bias discourse impressions regarding the influence of collectivistic cultures on psychosocial development in patriarchal societies.