Like identity orientation, the concept of referent others also provides a context for cognitive processing with respect to identity. Referent others are stakeholders with a particularly strong influence on the process of self-definition (Greenwald & Breckler, 1985; Scott & Lane, 2000).
(Bundy et al., 2013: 358)
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