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Adolescents with Gaucher's Disease
Study on adolescents with Gaucher's Disease, with an attempt to understand the self in relation to the disease from an Erik Erikson perspective.
# 48997 | 3,650 words | 10 sources | APA | 2004 | US
Published on Feb 22, 2004 in Psychology (Theory) , Medical and Health (General) , Psychology (General)

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This paper presents a study on understanding the adolescent experiences in relation to Gaucher's Disease. The hypotheses for the study are "Adolescents with Gaucher's Disease have a different perspective of the self than adolescents not diagnosed with a chronic illness" and "Adolescents with Gaucher's Disease perceive friendships and social interactions differently than adolescents who do not have a chronic illness". In relation to the hypotheses, the study concentrates more on understanding how identity or self in adolescence is being affected by the Gaucher's Disease.

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"People think of themselves as optimists or pessimists, and this is a reflection of our personality traits in opposites. The questions of being emotional or unemotional, dependent or independent, aggressive or passive, leader or follower, adventurous or cautious are also marks of these opposing traits. Most of these are natural inborn temperaments, but some of the characteristics of man like the feelings of competence or inferiority, and appearances as learned are based on the support and challenges faced by us during growing up. Erik Erickson explored this concept thoroughly. Though he had a great influence of Freud, the existence of ego from birth, and that behavior not being totally defensive were also his beliefs. He studied Sioux Indians on a reservation, and this made him aware of the great influence of culture on behavior. This made him place a lot of stress on the external world, like war and depression."

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