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date: 15 December 2019

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In this chapter, we will review and synthesize theory and research in both the adult identity formation and adult learning (more specifically, meaning-making) literatures that address mechanisms for both undergoing identity change as well as maintaining continuity in the course of identity development during adulthood. Based on this review, we will focus, in particular, on times of adult identity transitions and proceed to derive principles for the establishment of intervention programs to assist adults during times of major identity change. We will then provide an example of how identity change processes in adulthood can be addressed and facilitated through personal learning experiences and conclude with a statement of how periods of identity transitions present ideal opportunities for both learning and identity development during adult life.

Keywords: identity, meaning-making, identity transitions, applications

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