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RUNNING HEADER: UNIT 7 ASSIGNMENT Unit 7 Assignment HM:377 Studies in Child and Adolescent Development Professor Maria Brown Gabriela Dias June 14, 2016 Erick Erickson was an ego psychologist who developed one of the most popular influential theories of development. His theory was influenced by psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, however, as opposed to Freud, Erickson’s theory centered on psychosocial development rather than psychosexual development (Feldman, 2014.)
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UNIT 7 ASSIGNMENT 1 One of the main elements Erickson focuses on in his theory is the development of ego identity. As we face each new stage of development, we face a new challenge that can help further develop the development of identity. Our sense of personal identity is shaped by our experiences and interactions with others, and it is this identity that helps guide our actions, beliefs, and behaviors and we grow and develop throughout life. In each stage of his theory, Erikson believed people experience a conflict that serves as a turning point in development. In Erikson's view, these conflicts are centered on either developing a psychological quality or failing to develop that quality. At the moment, Talia, a 17 year old biracial girl, is dealing with the fifth stage in Erickson’s Psychosocial Theory: Identity vs Confusion. This stage plays an essential role in developing a sense of personal identity which will continue to influence behavior and development for the rest of a person's life (Feldman, 2014.) Talia lives in a broken home which makes her feel like part of her identity is missing. Since her parents

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