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Assessing variability in reasoning about self-continuity: the development and testing of a Likert-scaled measure

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dc.contributor.author Allen, James William
dc.date.accessioned 2009-10-26T20:30:20Z
dc.date.available 2009-10-26T20:30:20Z
dc.date.copyright 2009 en
dc.date.issued 2009-10-26T20:30:20Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/1796
dc.description.abstract An important component of a developing identity is an understanding of personal persistence or self-continuity—how one remains the same person throughout the various changes in their life (Chandler, Lalonde, Sokol & Hallet, 2003). Chandler et al., (2003) have suggested that individuals vary in terms of both the style (essentialist or narrativist) and the level of complexity of their reasoning regarding self-continuity. In previous research this variability has been measured using a lengthy interview process. The present study explored the feasibility of more efficiently measuring variability in selfcontinuity understanding with the creation of a new Likert scaled questionnaire. Factor analysis suggested that 20 of the newly created questionnaire items clearly displayed a 2- factor structure mirroring the “essentialist” and “narrativist” styles reported by Chandler et al. (2003). Initial evidence of convergence between the interview and questionnaire methods is also apparent in that those rated as essentialists in the interview scored higher on the first essentialist factor than narrativists and narrativists by the interview scored higher on the second narrativist factor than essentialists. en
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Identity en
dc.subject Self-perception en
dc.subject Life change events en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::Psychology en
dc.title Assessing variability in reasoning about self-continuity: the development and testing of a Likert-scaled measure en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.contributor.supervisor Lalonde, Christopher Edward
dc.degree.department Dept. of Psychology en
dc.degree.level Master of Science M.Sc. en
dc.rights.temp Available to the World Wide Web en


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