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Erikson's Psychosocial Theory and Relationship Development

During early adulthood, adults face many new challenges related to leaving their families (physically and cognitively) to develop their own families. These families can include friends, intimate partners, and/or peer groups (such as coworkers) that serve as new "families." Those who are unable to form these bonds suffer from increased feelings of isolation. In these years, adults develop their social skills to build relationships and continue to develop their sense of self in the comfort of these relationships.

Using Erikson's psychosocial theory, explain the importance of developing different types of relationships in early adulthood.

Select one of the following topics from the list below and use the Kaplan University Library to search Developmental Psychology or another peer reviewed journal to find an article. Then, post the article in the doc sharing area and write a short summary of the research question, method of experimentation, and results. How can you use this information to help clients?

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Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. In this particular task, you are being asked to explain why we develop different types of relationships in early adulthood using Erikson's theory. To do that, I suggest using this outline:

1. Erikson's theory - 150 words
2. Key relationships in early adulthood - 150 words
3. Application of Eriksson's theory (i.e. new families) - 150 words

This outline should yield 450 words. If you need more, you can add more details in your discussion. You can use the listed resources to further explore the topic. All the best with your studies.

AE 105878/Xenia Jones

On Erikson's Psychosocial Theory

Erikson's stages of psychosocial development posit that there are 8 stages in which we as human beings - products of socialization - must go through in a healthy manner. Through the stages, we as individuals develop by facing and overcoming certain challenges. I have attached below a table from Cherry (2012) that describes all of these stages.

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In this particular discussion; however, my focus is the Young Adulthood stage, that particular stage that is about intimacy or isolation. The key focus here is the formation of relationships. As social beings, young adults need the company and presence of others in their lives. They are now in a stage seeking partners, company of ...

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The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) on the topic of Erikson's Psychosocial Theory and Relationship Development. The focus is on the importance of developing different types of relationships in early adulthood. A scenario is discussed for exemplification. Resources are listed for further exploratoon of the topic.