Observation Project-Psy376

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Observation Project PSY 376 Heather Inman 4-12-2007
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p.1 Statement of Purpose The purpose of this study is to see what correlations there are between people between the ages of 19 and 20 when it comes to their idea of identity. It examines Marcia’s theory of the statuses of identity in college students. I wanted to better understand the facets of development essential for identity creation. Background I examined first which state in Marcia’s Statuses of Identity each subject was in and then wanted to see if their status seemed to affect whether or not they had a specific religious or political affiliation and if they had an idea of where they wanted to end up living during their adulthood as well. I also wanted to know if gender or age tended to affect which status the subject was in as well. Besides trying to find a correlation between these factors and the subject’s identity status I also wanted to know if the subjects had a good sense of what they wanted to do with their lives and see if that affected whether or not they were in a status of crisis, moratorium, or achievement in other areas as well or if they were able to be in achievement in one area and crisis or moratorium in another feature of their identity. Hypothesis I think that one of the things that I will see in these interviews is a lack of religious identity or the identity of having no religion since religious affiliation seems to have dropped in college students from my observation on NC State’s campus as well as on other campuses that I have visited. I also think that the females will know more about what they want in life than the males that I interview.
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p.2 Subjects and place of interview I interviewed ten college age students, three female and seven males. Three of these subjects were 19 years old and the other seven were 20 years of age. I went to my friend’s houses and interviewed them first and then asked some random NC State students on a college networking website if they would be willing to fill out my survey and mail me a copy of the signed consent form needed. The interviews at my friend’s places were much easier since it was face to face and we could discuss their ideas on identity more than the interviews that had been filled out online. Procedure/ Interview contents I wanted to first know which of four statements the subjects best felt described the way they are at this point in time. The choices were as follows: a) “I believe that I have made commitments to my future career and life. Awhile back, however, I had a rough time deciding what I wanted to do with my life” b) “I really don’t know what I want to do with my life, but I am trying to make up my mind about my options. I guess I’m having an identity crisis” c) “I know what commitments I am going to make in my life. It seems like I always have known where I am heading. I can’t remember it being difficult to decide.” d) “I really don’t know what I want to do with my life, but I’m not losing any sleep over it. Sometime I’ll decide what I want to do, but not right now.”
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This note was uploaded on 03/20/2008 for the course PSY 376 taught by Professor Thompson during the Spring '08 term at N.C. State.

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