Ego development and self-image complexity in early adolescence. Longitudinal studies of psychiatric and diabetic patients

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1983 Mar;40(3):325-32. doi: 10.1001/archpsyc.1983.01790030095012.


Ego development and multiple self-images were studied in nonpsychotic psychiatric patients, diabetic patients, and healthy high school students. The results reported are drawn from the first year of a four-year longitudinal project investigating the psychosocial development and family interactions of impaired and at-risk adolescents. Both groups of patients, especially the psychiatric group, were significantly lower in their ego development and showed less self-image complexity than the high school students. These findings are discussed both in terms of understanding developmental deviation in these two chronically ill groups, and as a strategy for investigating formulations being proposed in the new self-psychology framework.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adjustment Disorders / psychology
  • Adolescent
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / psychology*
  • Ego*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / psychology*
  • Personality Disorders / psychology
  • Psychological Tests
  • Self Concept*
  • Self-Assessment