Informations and abstract
Keywords: family, friends, emerging adults, adjustment, person-centered approach.
The present study relies on a person-centered approach to examine if emerging adults with different levels of identification with family and friends show differences in their adjustment (i.e., self-esteem, life satisfaction, and future perspectives). Participants were 474 Italian emerging adults (52.7% females), both university students (51.7%) and workers (48.3%), who completed a questionnaire. Results showed that participants highly identified with both their family and friends were more satisfied with themselves and their current life and also more optimistic about their future. In addition, high identification with one group (family or friends) mitigated the negative effects of being poorly identified with the other group.