Identity Statuses Scale in EFL Settings: A Case of Formal and Informal Contexts

Leila Sayah, Reza Pishghadam, Behzad Ghonsooly, Azar Hosseini Fatemi


The considerable literature on identity formation as the critical basis of individuals' wellbeing made the researchers design a delicate Identity Statuses Scale (ISS) inspired by Marcia's (1966) identity statuses. The observed variables were proportionate with the current elements of religion, politics, society, and ideology. The scale was administered to 520 male and female students in two settings of public schools and English institutes. The main objectives of this study was first to validate the identity scale via Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) and second to realize the age, gender, and school differences of the participants of the study. Principle Component Analysis extracted four underlying factors in the study. The result revealed the direct correlation of social interpersonal identity with other three factors as the dominant statuses. It was further explored that it is the momentum circumstances and intense stance of certain sub factors that determine the type and intensiveness of identity statuses representation.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2014.v5n27p1530

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