“Time, Context, and Identity: “Real World” Versus “Little Bubble Fantasy World”
The present qualitative study examines the role of time and context in identity exploration processes. A stratified sample of 20 (10 female) residential students was interviewed to theoretical saturation. All participants attended a large Midwestern public university. Using open and axial coding, three sub-themes emerged: (1) college provides a set time frame for exploration; (2) college is separate from parents/home; (3) college provides increased freedom and independence – enabling emerging adults to engage in identity exploration. Results underscore the importance of different time and contextual perspectives in identity exploration.
Author(s)/Presenter(s): Bibiana Koh, MSW, LICSW, doctoral student and Dr. Jodi Dworkin, Ph. D.