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1 1 FCE 212 Emotional and Social Development in Adolescence March 22, 2007 2 Identity Identity is the “ distinctive combination of personality characteristics and social style by which one defines him/herself and by which one is recognized by others” (Grotevant, 1998) A person’s identity is the set of thoughts, feelings, values, attitudes, and behaviors that define his/her “self.” A commitment to a role is an outward expression of an adolescent’s identity. 3 Identity Development Process Identity develops through a process of person-context interactions in which adolescents evaluate and integrate reactions to the explorations of their world. 4 Erikson’s Theory: Identity Vs. Identity Confusion Identity Defining who you are, what you value, and your direction in life. Commitments to vocation, personal relationships, sexual orientation, ethnic group, ideals. Resolution of “identity crisis” or exploration. 5 Identity Vs. Identity Confusion (continued) Identity Confusion Lack of direction and definition of self. Restricted exploration in adolescence. – Earlier psychosocial conflicts not resolved. – Society restricts choices Unprepared for stages of adulthood.
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  • Spring '08
  • Gipson-Tansil
  • Interpersonal relationship, Kohlberg's stages of moral development, different worlds/border crossings

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