Ego-resiliency development from late adolescence to emerging adulthood: A ten-year longitudinal study

Guido Alessandri, Nancy Eisenberg, Michele Vecchione, Gian Vittorio Caprara, Michela Milioni

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This study examined the development of ego-resiliency from late adolescence to emerging adulthood, using a 10-year cohort-sequential design. Participants were 335 Italian adolescents (173 females and 162 males), living, at the time of the study, in Genzano, a small city near to Rome. Latent growth curve analyses indicated that the developmental trajectory of ego-resiliency from 15 to 25 years is adequately described by a piecewise model that included separate growth profiles corresponding to different developmental stages. Essentially, ego-resiliency remained remarkably stable until the end of high school, and then encountered a phase of relative increase. Moreover, the trajectory of ego-resiliency from ages 15 to 19 was predicted by self-efficacy beliefs in managing negative emotions, and the trajectory from age 19 to 25 was predicted by experienced familial support and self-efficacy beliefs in expressing positive emotions at age 15. Experienced stressful life events also accounted for individuals' deviation from the typical ego-resiliency trajectory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-102
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Adolescence
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016


  • Ego-resiliency
  • Family support
  • Personality development
  • Self-efficacy beliefs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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