17 - 1 FCE 212 Emotional and Social Development in...

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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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