1 Identity structure analysis
THEORETICAL UNDERPINNINGS OF IDENTITY STRUCTURE ANALYSIS
The literature on identity presents many approaches subsumed by the term ‘identity’ which emphasise differing identity processes. Those presented here reflect a wide range. In so far as each approach has validity in conceptualising identity processes, it must be capable of being integrated into a unified conceptualisation. The following thumbnail sketches provide only synoptic accounts of distinguishing features. Their purpose is no more than to highlight their contributions to underpinning or informing the ISA conceptualisation.
Psychodynamic approaches strongly emphasise developmental issues in the formation of identity ...