Stage Five Of Eric Erikson's Theory Of Psychosocial Development

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Stage five in Erik Erikson’s (1968) theory of psychosocial development, “Identity vs Confusion” refers to the social development of a person between the ages of twelve and twenty. In this stage adolescents begin to explore who they are and begin developing their own individual identities as well as find out where they belong in society. We will be discussing this theory as well as discussing the process and importance of relationships as well how South African teenagers discover their own identity in a country with so much poverty, crime and other factors.
Stage five of Erik Erikson’s(1968) theory is sometimes considered one of the most important stages a person can go through in his/her lifetime. You begin thinking of the future and of who you really are. You beginning to questioning where your life is going and what you will be doing for the rest of your life this is where decisions are made on whether you should go to university or immediately go into work. By the end of the stage Erik Erikson (1968) theorised that if the person has developed strong/healthy relationships and discovered more about him/herself then they will leave the stage with a feeling of independence and control over their own lives, but if they fail to do so then they will leave the stage insecure when trying to form relationships in the future and confused about their future and their place in society. Bray, R., Gooskens, I., Kahn, L., Moses, S. and Seekings, J. (2010).

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