Essay about Psychosocial Examination in Schizophrenia

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Psychosocial Examination in Schizophrenia Abstract This research paper examines the cinematic biographical adaptation of musical child prodigy David Helfgott. The paper will examine Helfgott during the following four stages of psychosocial development based on the psychosocial theory of Erik Erikson: Middle childhood (6-12), Early adolescence (12-18), Later adolescence (18-24) and Middle adulthood (34-60). Erik Erikson was a psychoanalyst who described development as a series of eight psychosocial stages. At each stage there are development tasks to master and a central conflict that the individual can resolve positively or negatively. The nature of the task mastered and the conflict resolution depends largely on the individuals…show more content…
Helfgott¡¦s prime adapt ego quality of competence reference a general belief in one¡¦s ability to get the job done Helfgott does not get the job done. Helfgott¡¦s core pathology of inertia, which references a paralysis of thought, and action that prevents productive work Helfgott appears to be passive. He is alone by the events that occur around him. Helfgott appears to be a normal but he is actually being sustained by his father and music teacher who place energy, enthusiasm or confidence inside of him to take action. Adolescence: Identity versus Role Confusion During adolescence, we ask ourselves, "Who am I? Who do I want to be?" Answering these questions involves integrating the healthy resolution of all earlier stages. Adolescents must explore, test limits, become autonomous from parents, and commit to an identity, or sense of self. One can only establish an identity after trying out various roles, behaviors, and ideologies. Failure to achieve a sense of identity results in role confusion, an inability to make decisions and choices about vocation, sexual orientation, and one's role in life. Helfgott¡¦s stature in relation to his age appears normal his complexion pale, his face young-looking for chronological age. His facial expressions appear quizzical with a sheepish grin his eyes darting and hair style unremarkable. Helfgott formal operations appeared to be developing based off his musical
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