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