Personal Growth Initiative, Identity Formation and Psychological Wellbeing in Adolescents

Thesis Title: Personal Growth Initiative, Identity Formation and Psychological Wellbeing in Adolescents

Author Name: Aliya Wajid

Supervisor: Zaeema Farooq

Year: 2017

Degree: BS

Department: Institute of Applied Psychology

University: Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan.

Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk,

Phone: 92-42-9231245

Abstract

The present study aimed to investigate the relationship between personal growth initiative, identity formation and psychological wellbeing in adolescents. It was hypothesized that personal growth initiative and identity formation (commitment and exploration) are likely to predict psychological wellbeing in adolescents. It was also hypothesized that identity formation (commitment and exploration) is likely to predict psychological well-being. Furthermore, identity formation (commitment and exploration) is likely to mediate the relationship between personal growth initiative and psychological wellbeing in adolescents. The sample comprised of 200 young adolescents, (N = 200) including 109 boys and 91 girls with age range of 16-19 years (M = 17.49, SD = .74). Personal Growth Initiative Scale (Robischek, 2012), Ego Identity Process Questionnaire (Elizabeth Balistreri, 1995) and Ryff’s Scale of Psychological Well-Being (Carol Ryff, 1995) were used to assess study variables. Data was analyzed through Pearson Product Moment Correlation and Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) using AMOS. The results showed that personal growth initiative was significantly positively related to identity formation (commitment and exploration) and psychological well-being. Similarly, identity formation (commitment and exploration) was significantly positively related to psychological well-being. Moreover, personal growth initiative was positive predictor of identity formation (commitment and exploration) and psychological well-being. Similarly commitment, identity formation was a positive predictor psychological well-being while exploration, identity formation was a negative predictor of psychological well-being. Furthermore, identity formation (commitment and exploration) was a significant mediator between personal growth initiative and psychological well-being. The present study findings highlight the importance of personal growth initiative, identity formation and their influence on psychological well-being of adolescents.

Keywords:

Personal growth Initiative, identity formation, psychological well-being

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