Self-Concept Clarity Development Across the Lifespan



Self-concept clarity can and does change across the lifespan. This chapter presents a meta-analysis summarizing normative patterns of rank-order stability and mean-level change of self-concept clarity. It then reviews evidence for individual variability in the development of self-concept clarity and the mechanisms and outcomes of this variability. Specifically, we consider the current literature regarding the way in which family, identity development, and adult social roles facilitate the development of self-concept clarity. Further, we examine findings that suggest self-concept clarity promotes personality trait maturation and psychological well-being. We close with specific future directions for research in self-concept clarity development across the lifespan.


Development Rank-order stability Mean-level change Individual variability Family Identity development Adult social roles Personality traits Well-being 


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  1. 1.Department of Psychological Sciences and Institute for Autism ResearchCanisius CollegeBuffaloUSA
  2. 2.Alma Mater Studiorum University of BolognaBolognaItaly

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