The empathic family and the development of mature personal identity in emerging adults

Justyna Michałek-Kwiecień , Maria Kaźmierczak


The aim of this study was to examine the associations between the dimensions of self-assessed empathy and perceptions of parental empathy and identity processes, and to identify the most mature identity statuses of emerging adults in educational and best friend domains. A total of 676 emerging adults (44.5% males) aged 19–29 completed self-assessment measures. Path analyses in the structural equation modeling approach revealed that self-assessed other-oriented empathy was a partial mediator in the relationship between perceived maternal other-oriented empathy and mature identity development in the friendship domain. In the educational domain, only higher perceived maternal empathy was linked with achievement status. Thus, the perception of maternal empathy was the strongest predictor of mature identity in both studied identity domains. Finally, gender differences affected the association between empathy (both self-assessed and perceived in parents) and identity processes. The implications and suggestions for future research are discussed.
Publication typeIn press (online first, early view)
Author Justyna Michałek-Kwiecień (FSS / IPsych / DRFQL)
Justyna Michałek-Kwiecień,,
- Division of Research on Family and Quality of Life
, Maria Kaźmierczak (FSS / IPsych / DRFQL)
Maria Kaźmierczak,,
- Division of Research on Family and Quality of Life
Journal seriesJournal of Youth Studies, ISSN 1367-6261, e-ISSN 1469-9680, (N/A 100 pkt)
Issue year2019
Noonline first
Publication size in sheets1.05
Keywords in Englishpersonal identity, empathy, parental empathy, emerging adulthood
ASJC Classification3300 General Social Sciences; 3312 Sociology and Political Science; 3319 Life-span and Life-course Studies
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)100
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 100.0, 28-01-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 0; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 1.46; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 1.724 (2) - 2017=1.8 (5)
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