Summarize what you have learned about psycho-social development through these observations/interviews.

Assignment 2: ALAS 1: Development Throughout the Lifespan

Erickson and Freud are two of the few theorists who have developed a lifespan approach to development. Freud’s approach to development was psycho sexual while Erickson was psycho social. Even though Freud’s theory is better known, Erickson theory remains a leading and very much applied model in personality and developmental psychology today.

When considering these two stage-oriented theories, you can directly compare the majority of their stages. These are matched in the following table:

Approximate Age
Freud’s Stages of Psycho sexual Development
Erickson’s Stages of Psycho social development
Infancy (Birth to 1 year)
Oral stage
Trust versus mistrust
Early childhood (1–3 years)
Anal stage
Autonomy versus doubt
Preschool (3–6 years)
Phallic stage
Initiative versus guilt
School age (7–11 years)
Latent period
Industry versus inferiority
Adolescence (12–18 years)
Genital stage
Identity versus role confusion
Young adulthood (19–40 years)
Intimacy versus isolation
Middle adulthood (40–65 years)
Generality versus stagnation
Older adulthood (65–death)
Integrity versus despair

When considering Erickson’s eight stages of development, the way a person moves through each stage directly affects their success in the next stage. Their personality is being built and shaped with each stage. At each stage, there is a turning point, called a crisis by Erickson, which a person must confront.

In this assignment, you will observe or interview two different people, each at a different stage of development. For a third observation, take a look at yourself and the stage that you are in (this stage must be different from your other two observations).

  • Record your three observations in a template. Include the following information:
    • Name
    • Age
    • Gender
    • Current developmental stage
    • Status within the stage (i.e., identity achievement or role confusion)
    • Events that have lead to this status

Download a Development Template from the Doc Sharing area to record your observations.

  • Summarize what you have learned about psycho-social development through these observations/interviews.
  • Summarize the trends you see in your observations/interviews regarding psycho social development.
  • How does movement through Erickson’s stages influence personality development? Again, be specific.
  • How do Erickson’s stages of development compare to Freud’s stages? How are they similar? How are they different?
  • Between these two theories, which one do you feel best explains your own personality development? Justify your answers with specific examples.

Write a 3–4-page paper in Word format. Insert your chart at the end of your paper. Apply SPA standards to citation of sources. Use the following file naming convention: Last name First Initial_M3_A2.doc.

By Wednesday, June 15, 2016, deliver your assignment to the M3: Assignment 2 Dropbox.

Course Project Grading Criteria and Rubric

Assignment 2 Grading Criteria
Maximum Points
Chart identifies general characteristics of people being observed

Chart identifies each person’s Erickson stage of development

(Course Objective [CO] 2)

Explains which events of this developmental stage influence this outcome

(CO 2)

Summarizes learning about psycho social development, applies observations

(CO 2)

Explains the connection between Erickson stages of development and personality development

(CO 2)

Compares and contrasts Erickson and Freud’s stages of development

(CO 1)

Determines which theory best fits own personality development, applies self-observations

(CO 1, 2)

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Organization (12)

Usage and Mechanics (12)

SPAElements (16)

Style (4)

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