The Differences in Ego Identity Statuses Between Religious and Non-religious Adolescents of Albania

Fatjon Taipi


Religion plays an important role in the creation of identity among adolescents. The influence of religion is also reflected in the phases of identity creation in adolescence. The purpose of this study is the identification of identity differences among adolescents who are believers of a religion and those who are not religious. The methodology of this study is divided into 3 steps. In the first step we have identified the religious and non-religious adolescents through CRS questionnaire. The sample contains 160 teens from six cities of Albania, 63 males and 87 females. The second step is focused on measuring the identity statuses of adolescents who have agreed to continue testing for the purpose of the study (N 150). The third step of the study is focused in analyzing through SPSS 20, the differences of identity statuses between adolescents who are religious and those who are not. The analysis of differences is made from the test scores of Layne Bennion and Gerald Adams' Objective Measure of Ego Identity Status and according to the fourth identity’s statuses of the test. The analyzed components are: identity achievement IA, identity diffusion ID, moratorium MO, foreclosure FO. It has been found that are some differences in the Ego Identity statuses of Moratorium and Foreclosure, but these findings did not make big differences to the way of Identity achievement. The results of this study will clarify the impact of religion in ego identity statuses of Albanian adolescents. 


identity; religious adolescents; non-religious adolescents.

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