As you have read in
the text, teenagers are on a journey to discover a sense of “self,” an
identity that is separate from their family. They may begin adolescence
with increased turmoil within the core family and an increased focus on
the values of peers, but by the end of adolescence, the concept of self
is more stable and comprehensive. How does this progression occur? The
focus of this Discussion Board is on the process that teens undergo when
developing a sense of identity.
- Define and
discuss Erikson’s stage of Intimacy vs. Isolation, and then discuss
what does the research show regarding whether parents or peers have more
influence on a teenagers’ search for a sense of “self?” Be sure to
answer the question by providing information cited from your text and
other academic sources.
- How do the
influences of culture and geography — where and how people live,
socioeconomic status (SES), race, family dynamics — act as a contextual
factor in identity development?