International Journal of
Psychology and Counselling

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Psychol. Couns.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2499
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJPC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 213

Full Length Research Paper

Family functioning on the identity statues in High School Boys in Isfahan, Iran

  Zahra Yousefi    
Department of Psychology, Isfahan Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Isfahan, Iran. 
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 16 October 2012
  •  Published: 30 November 2012



The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between family functioning and the identity statues in high school boys. 330 high school students from five different education zones in Isfahan, Iran were randomly selected with cluster sampling. Questionnaire was designed to measure the levels of family function and identity status. These comprise ‘Extended Version of the Objective Measure of Ego Identity Status (EOMEIS-2)’ and ‘Family Functioning Scale’. A question on factors that influence identity statues was formulated. Data were analyzed by hierarchy regression. The results showed that there are significant relationships between sub-domains family function and identity status. Democratic family style, family idealization and cohesion could predict foreclosure statues; family sociability, religious orientation and family idealization could predict achievement statues; democratic family style and family organization could predict moratorium statues and family organization, religious orientation and authoritarian family style could predict diffusion statues. These findings show that to have adolescents with achievement identity, parents should try to have a family with family sociability, religious orientation and family organization among other sub-domains of family functions.


Key words: Identity status, family function.