Separation, identity and intimacy during adolescence and emerging adulthood: Prospective testing of epigenetic hypotheses

01 October 2009 → 30 September 2013
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Social sciences
    • Developmental psychology and ageing
identity autonomy separation intimacy
Project description

Separation-individuation theory (Blos, 1967) and Erikson’s (1968) lifespan developmental theory claim that the developmental tasks of separation, identity and intimacy follow each other in a sequential order during adolescence and emerging adulthood. Using new conceptualizations and longitudinal research with adolescents aged 15 to 22 years, this research project prospectively tests the central hypotheses (phasing and conditionality) of this epigenetic principle.