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Observations of Three Adolescents
An observations of three teens through the lens of Erik Erikson's theory of development.
# 152197 | 1,187 words | 2 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Jan 11, 2013 in Psychology (Child and Adolescent) , Psychology (Theory)

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The writer of this paper describes one adolescent he observed who was a young woman shopping with her mother, one who was part of a group of girls who seemed to move as a single unit and the third adolescent who was a boy with his friend waiting outside a mall. The writer observes these teens with reference to Erik Erikson's theory of development and points out that adolescence is a period of time where social roles, identity in the context of one's peers, and one's future in society are all of grave importance, perhaps more so than at other life stages.

Adolescent 1: Girl 1
Adolescent 2: Girl 2
Adolescent 3: Boy 1

From the Paper:

"The first adolescent I observed was a young woman shopping with her mother. At first, I was surprised that an adolescent would shop for clothes at the mall with her mother. The girl and her mother entered the store together, but the girl quickly broke away from her mother and began pawing through the clothes on a nearby table. What interested me was the fact that the girl was so dominant in the relationship with her mother, both in her body language and demeanor. The girl showed some of the clothing she selected to her mother but did not ask her mother's permission to try it on. This was very clearly the girl's shopping trip, not the mother's. The mother suggested some clothes, but the girl rejected them. The mother seemed slightly nervous, and her daughter was quite strident.
"Clothes are often an important part of an adolescent's construction of self and identity. One of the reasons the girl may have seemed so self-confident about her clothing choices is because she felt that she knew herself, and knew what suited her. Her demonstration of her identity was articulated by choosing her own clothes and rejecting her mother's choices."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Harder, Arlene. (2009). Erik Erikson's stages of development. Learning Place.Retrieved April 3, 2010 at http://www.learningplaceonline.com/stages/organize/Erikson.htm
  • Meece, Judith. (2009). Child and adolescent development for educators. New York: McGraw-Hill.

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