Groningen Identity Development Scale: Landscape version 2 (GIDS-L2)

Mandy van der Gaag, Matilda Famiglini, Saskia Kunnen, Harke Bosma

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The Groningen Identity Development Scale (GIDS-L2) is a semi-structured interview that comprehensively assesses an individual's identity in various domains of life, including occupation, family, friendships, relationships, leisure time, and a flexible domain. The GIDS-L2 employs a unique approach that combines domain-specific and integrative elements, allowing participants to formulate overarching commitments that tie their domain-specific commitments together into a coherent whole.
Each domain interview involves three core questions about the individual's past, present, and future, resulting in a commitment statement specific to that domain. A questionnaire is then administered to assess the commitment's characteristics, such as strength and utility, and developmental processes that have shaped it, such as exploration and experiences.
The GIDS-L2 is a unique tool for assessing identity that captures the qualitative distinctiveness of individuals while also providing quantitative metrics that facilitate comparisons between individuals.
Original languageEnglish
TypeIdentity interview
PublisherUniversity of Groningen
Number of pages38
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • identity
  • interview

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