According to Erikson, the question, “Who am I apart from parents, siblings, etc.” is an essential question for adolescents to ask and answer. Sometimes this creates tension between the adolescent and others, bringing the adolescent closer to others, or further apart (sometimes both in one day or perhaps one hour). Understanding what is happening helps one stand alongside the adolescent, in order to be there to help whenever help may be needed.Consider what is important about developing “identity” as an adolescent, what this involves, and how this development affects various areas of life.
Prepare to engage in discussion that addresses the following points.
Define identity and the various “pieces” its development involves
Apply Marcia’s four statuses of identity (identity diffusion, identity foreclosure, identity moratorium, and identity achievement) to the following area: choosing singleness or marriage
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