This paper discloses a case study of Antwan Elliot. A short account of Antwan’s personal background is provided. The biographical information includes his life experiences from birth to present day. Also, specific narratives of Antwan’s life will be used as examples to ascertain or repudiate the developmental psychological theories of Erik Erikson, Lev Vygotsky and Jean Piaget.
A Case Study of Antwan Elliot
Biography Antwan is a 19 year-old African American male. He grew up on the outskirts of downtown Raleigh in a poor neighborhood. Antwan’s father constantly worked to support the family while his older sister took on a motherly role to care for him. His mother was a drug addict and was not allowed to see her children.…show more content… In accordance to the theory “completion” of each stage must occur to obtain the characteristics found in a healthy personalities (Santrock, 2014). Disturbances of these stages result in personality diffusion or crisis (Crawford, Cohen, Johnson, Sneed, & Brook, 2004). Stage one “trust vs. mistrust” and stage four “industry vs inferiority” of Erikson’s Psychosocial Stage one of Erikson’s theory is described as “trust vs. mistrust.” This stage occurs from birth to year one of a child’s life (Erickson H., 1964). It is obvious that overcoming this developmental crisis is out of the hands of the child at this point in their lives. If there is stable and consistent care, the child will gain a feeling of trust that carries on in relationships later on in life. On the other hand, inconsistency and neglect will instill in the infant a sense of mistrust that carries on in future relationships (Erickson H., 1964).
For Antwan there was never a real sense of stability. With his mother out of the picture and his father constantly working, his sister was often the only one to look after him. While his older sister did her best to care for Antwan this care was not always sufficient; often being left alone for hours at a time Antwan suffered from a form of neglect. This has caused several ailments in early childhood. According to