Adolescent Identity: Observation and Analysis

Psychology / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
An analysis of the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development of a 19-year-old male.

The paper provides some information on the interviewee’s education, family relationships and values. The paper then explains how he seems be in Piaget’s stage of formal operations, stage four in Kohlberg’s theory of moral reasoning and he has resolved Erickson’s identity versus identity confusion crisis. The paper concludes that the interviewee exhibits many of the typical physical characteristics associated with adolescence, and although it is a period of great change, he has adapted well and shows great potential for developmental progress in the future.
“When questioned about school, DLG stated that he hands in assignments on time, takes notes regularly, and usually participates in class discussions if interested in the subject. DLG stated that his parents always helped him in school, but never demanded perfect grades. He also thought that divorce was not a factor in his schooling. Overall, DLG felt that the schools he attended and teachers he had made a very large impact on his learning. He stated that these were the things that made a subject interesting, and truly made school likable.
“Growing up, DLG belonged to many clubs and organizations like the Cub Scouts and little league sports teams, from late childhood until the end of high school. DLG says he now has narrowed down his focus, spending his extra time working for the college newspaper. When asked if he would give up his current major of journalism if something better came along, DLG stated that he would pursue whatever he enjoyed the most; currently this is journalism. DLG also said that although he did not directly identify with a religious or cultural group, he feels his family and neighborhood stressed the importance of diversity, education, and free thought, all of which he still values today.”


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