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Greener Journal of  Art and Humanities Vol. 5 (1), pp. 007-010, March 2015

ISSN: 2276-7819  

Research Paper

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DOI: http://doi.org/10.15580/GJAH.2015.1.090114345

 

Identity: The application of Erikson’s psychosocial theory to explain Tony’s and Jo’s identity, using a thematic analysis of a semi-structured interview

 

Ignatius Isaac Dambudzo

 

Zimbabwe Open University, PO Box MP1119, Mount Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe


Abstract


The study details an analysis of interviews with couple by two different interviewers.  The aim was to question the application of psychosocial theory of identity to explain Tony’s and Jo’s identity.  Interview transcripts and video were provided by the Open University.  The study employed thematic analysis in which condensation, categorization and interpretation featured.  The analysis was evaluated critically in relation to psychosocial theory.  Analysis showed that relationships and use of different interviewers can influence the information participants give.  The research concluded that Erikson’s psychosocial theory of identity can be applied to study and explain identity from subjective accounts.

 

Keywords: identity, Erikson’s psychosocial theory, qualitative, identity crisis, relationships.



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