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Author Hearn, Richard Simon
Title Integrity, despair and in between: Toward construct validation of Erikson's eighth stage
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Descript 262 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 55-09, Section: B, page: 4103
Adviser: James Marcia
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Simon Fraser University (Canada), 1993
One hundred adults 65 and older participated in a semi-structured psychosocial interview based on Erikson's writings on Integrity versus Despair. Subjects were assigned to one of four Integrity statuses by three raters, who achieved moderate reliabilities using an Integrity Status Rating Manual. Dependent variables were: the Integrity subscale from the Modified Eriksonian Psychosocial Inventory, the Openness to Experience scale from the NEO Personality Inventory, the Competence scale from the California Psychological Inventory, the Geriatric Depression Scale, and a measure of Perceived Health. Covariates were age and education. Four measures and education were significantly linked with status groupings, as were two factor analytically derived variables: 'Integrity' and 'Sophistication.' Among other findings, Integrated subjects were competent; Nonexploratory subjects conventional; Pseudointegrated subjects immature; and Despairing subjects demoralized. Life review, considered central to eighth stage personality development by Erikson, occurred rarely. Rather, lifespan continuity of the known self was the goal of aged subjects
School code: 0791
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 55-09B
Subject Psychology, Developmental
0620
Alt Author Simon Fraser University (Canada)
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