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This can cause David to experience stagnation and inner turmoil. Erikson’s Psychosocial Development in Adulthood Stress during adulthood is normal. As individuals age it is common to feel the pressure from everyday stressors as more responsibility is taken on, especially when one moves on to have their own family. Providing for family can lead to increased stress about financials and time-management. In Erik Erikson’s theory of psychosocial development, he describes the common burden of generativity vs. stagnation in adulthood (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). Generativity is the idea that one is positively contributing to their family or future generations with their skills, and when believed to not being do so, this can lead to feelings of stagnation (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). Erickson’s theory describes how successful development towards wholeness is a continuous battle of ups and downs throughout life (Robinson, Demetre, & Litman, 2017). When not meeting these challenges in life, this can lead to a time of crisis wherein the individual experiences prolonged periods of stagnation and internal turmoil (Malone, Liu, Vaillant, Rentz, & Waldinger, 2016). For David, he is currently in a time of crisis and stress. He wants to be able to provide for his family financially so that his kids can continue their college education; however, to do this he would need to take on even more responsibility at work. For David to take on more responsibility at work, this would lead to him spending even
Case Study: David 4 less time with his family, eventually contributing to even more strained relations with his current wife. Furthermore, as it is apparent that he is not able to successfully meet the challenges he is being faced with, David is going through a period of stagnation. He is unsatisfied with his life as the work he is prioritizing over his family no longer feels meaningful, and he is unable to provide for his family and contribute to their well-being in the way he would like to. In other words, he is not able to meet his standards for generativity. Moreover, David’s resilience at this time is being tested. Resilience, in terms of development, is defined as the ability to healthily deal with problems despite the challenges currently being faced (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). In a study done to test resilience and risk factors in adults, findings found that the negative affect and daily stress were correlated with each other (Diehl & Hay, 2010). For David, this would mean that the daily stress he is experiencing is resulting in a poor emotional state, which can be the cause for his unhealthy sleep patterns and coping mechanisms. However, it is possible that the root cause of David’s unhealthy coping mechanisms lies in his own individual history and personality.

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