This edition: Adolescence: Psychosocial Development
This lesson explores the psychosocial development of adolescents. Erik Erikson’s theory of psychosocial development identifies this period as one of identity versus role confusion. As adolescents endeavor to adopt adult roles, they are still in the process of discovering who they are and what they want in life. Forging an identity involves integrating a set of values, beliefs, attitudes, and aspirations into a coherent and relatively stable self-definition. Although most people continue to form and change their identities throughout their life span, adolescence marks an especially intense time in this process—one in which teenagers explore many different paths when facing the question of who they are.