Essay Psychosocial Development Case Study Analysis

2008 Words Dec 28th, 2012 9 Pages
Psychosocial Development Case Study Analysis
Darryl Albarado
Survey of Research in Human Development for Professional Counselors

The theory of psychosocial development created by Erik Erikson is perhaps one of the best known personality theories. The theory differs from many others in that it addresses development across the entire lifespan, from birth through death. At each stage, the individual deals with a conflict that serves as a turning point in development. When the conflict is resolved successfully, the person is able to develop the psychosocial quality associated with that particular stage of development (Crain, 2011). Marie is in the eighth and final
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Anticipated support can also play a role in the changes that take place in a person’s sense of meaning. When older adults are confident they can count on others, their sense of meaning is strengthened with increasing feelings of trust and hope (Newman & Newman, 2012). Although Marie moved away from the rural town she lived in most of her life to be closer to her children and the emotional support they provided, the conflict and pressure she feels from her daughter Lisa, who depends on her for childcare, have more than likely contributed to an increase of anxiety and feelings of despair. In order to experience integrity, older adults need to be able to incorporate their self-image with a life-long record of conflicts, failure, disappointments, and accomplishments. They must then come to terms with the fact that some of their hopes for themselves or their children may not be accomplished in their lifetime (Newman & Newman, 2012). Marie’s conflict with her daughter Lisa may provoke feelings of disappointment, which is further aggravated with feelings of disapproval about the fact that Lisa has an addiction to prescription drugs. This may also indicate that Marie may have regrets or feelings of guilt from middle adulthood that may not have been resolved. During middle adulthood, the psychosocial crisis of generativity verses stagnation is described as the adult to

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