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Relationship between ego identity development and drinking problems in college male students

  • THE KOREAN JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
  • 2004, 17(2), pp.141-156
  • Publisher : The Korean Society For Developmental Psychology
  • Research Area : Social Science > Psychological Science

Shin,Haeng-Woo 1

1우석대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study examined the relationship between ego identity development and drinking problems. Four identity status (diffusion, foreclosure, moratorium, and achievement) groups were compared according to the degree of alcohol use, drinking motives and drinking problems, respectively. The significant difference among groups results came out only due to the degree of drinking problems. The moratorium group was most serious and at risk in the degree of drinking problems, but the achieved group reported relatively lower degree of drinking problems. It was also found that each identity status groups had different drinking motives resulting various drinking problems. Compared with non-problem drinkers, problem drinkers were higher in ideological diffusion, ideological moratorium, and interpersonal moratorium scores. On the other hand, non-problem drinkers reported higher ideological achievement score than problem drinkers. Finally suggestions on the relationship between identity development and drinking problems and the usefulness of applying ‘the developmental assets approach' for alcohol abuse prevention were provided.

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