Development During Teen Years : How Does Childhood Impact Adolescence And Adulthood?

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Development During Teen Years: How Does Childhood Impact Adolescence and Adulthood? The development from conception through adulthood involves many changes and adjustments, and it also involves individual variation from one person to another (Broderick & Blewitt). Development is a lifelong affair that does not stop when we reach adulthood. According to Broderick and Blewitt (p. 150), self understanding is one of the key building blocks of personality, social, and moral development. That is why I chose to use Eric Erikson’s psychosocial development theory, the ego identity. He believed that personality develops in a series of eight stages that have the potential for personal growth and failure. I believe that one must function as a member of society, but in order to do this, one must form an identity.
I believe that identity development and the impact of childhood in adolescence and adulthood is a specialized topic that can be studied by looking at the history of psychosocial development, through the eyes of Erik Erikson. I will begin this paper with a brief look at his theory of psychosocial development. Then I will analyze, through my own personal experiences, how Erikson’s theory of psychosocial development during childhood impacted my adolescence and adulthood.
Erik Erikson’s theory of psychosocial development is one of the best known theories of personality in psychology (psychology.about.com). One of his main elements of the psychosocial stage theory is…
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