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Fifty Israeli female college students participated in a study aimed at assessing women's personal aspirations about self-identity as compared with their perception of mother and father. Results lead to the construction of a model of identity development, along Piaget's formulations, in which the mother is perceived as mainly responsible for the concrete stage of her children's development by fulfilling, within the family circle, nurturant and affective functions, while the father symbolizes a further step of development by combining also intellectual-abstract qualities and effective interactions outside the home. Each stage of development is successively built on top of the other, incorporating in its system the earlier stage. The subjects, especially first and only daughters, expressed a wish pattern of self-characteristics very similar to that perceived in their fathers. This could indicate their striving to combine both feminine and masculine characteristics.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 1978-01-01

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