Date of Award

Fall 2012

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Department of Graduate Psychology

Advisor(s)

Craig N. Shealy

Lee Sternberger

Renee Staton

Abstract

The current study focuses on factor analytic and correlational matrix data from the Forum BEVI Project (www.ibavi.org/content/featured-projects/), a national learning assessment initiative, with a particular emphasis on the “Identity Diffusion” scale from the Beliefs, Events, and Values Inventory (BEVI). Results suggest that the relative degree to which an individual is undifferentiated from his or her parents, experiences a foreclosed identity, and reports a troubled childhood is associated with a wide range of capacities and beliefs about self, others, and the world at large such as emotional expressiveness as well as environmental, cultural, and global concerns. Because Identity Diffusion is central to Equilintegration Theory (EI Theory), the EI Self, and the Beliefs, Events, and Values Inventory (BEVI), issues of definition, measurement, and theory are considered vis-à-vis this model, framework, and method along with an examination of factor analytic and correlation matrix data from the BEVI, which are relevant to a deeper understanding of this construct.

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