Erikson on Child Development Term Paper by Master Researcher

Erikson on Child Development
A review of Erikson's theories on adult and child social and psychological development.
# 37870 | 1,900 words | 6 sources | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Nov 12, 2003 in Psychology (Child and Adolescent) , Psychology (Theory)

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The paper briefly examines the respective stages of child psychological development and adult psychological development according to the development theory of Erik H. Erikson. The paper highlights how the various stages of development experienced from infancy to maturity involve their own conflicts and challenges.

From the Paper:

"In order to differentiate between child development and adult life, one must first establish the primary elements involved in each of them. As Miller (1993) states, there
are a number of general behavioral patterns an observer can identify in order to establish the present psychological stage a child is in. Likewise, there are certain distinctive traits and specific development levels corresponding to adults and the challenges they must face which reveal what particular psychological state or stage they are in.
"Basically, each stage of psychological development is characterized by a different conflict that must be resolved by the individual. The conflicts involved in childhood development are naturally different than the conflicts involved in adulthood. When the environment makes new demands on people, the conflicts arise. The child or adult is faced with a choice between two ways of coping with each crisis--an adaptive, or maladaptive way. Only when each crisis is resolved, which involves a change in the personality, does the child or adult have sufficient strength to deal with the next stages of development."

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