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Running head: IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT IN ADOLESCENTS The Case of Talia and the Struggle for Identity Development in Adolescents Tora Brown Kaplan University
IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT IN ADOLESCENTS 2 The Case of Talia and the Struggle for Identity Development in Adolescents Adolescence marks a period of transition in a teenager’s life. For most, adolescence is the bridge between childhood and adulthood. It is during this time, that a teenager should be able to cultivate the lessons of childhood and transition into a functional adult. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. There are many reasons in which a teenager would have difficulty psychologically and emotionally crossing into the realm of adulthood. As is the case of Talia. Talia is a teenager who is nearing the end of adolescence but feels ill equipped to venture into adulthood. James Marcia’s theory of identity achievement helps to explain the struggles that Talia is experiencing. In addition, further exploration into race and culture provide some solutions which may assist Talia in improving her self-esteem. James Marcia is a psychologist who further elaborated on Erik H. Erikson’s stages of psychosocial development (Feldman, 2014). According to Marcia, identity can be seen in the presence or absence of crisis and commitment (Feldman, 2014). He further refined this concept by developing four categories of adolescent identity: Identity Achievement, Identity Foreclosure, Moratorium, and Identity Diffusion (Feldman, 2014). Of the four stages, the most pertinent to Talia is the stage of Moratorium. According to the text, this category is “the status

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