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Erikson’s Psychosocial Development

This week we will study Erikson’s Psychosocial Development and the importance and value of assessing a client from a micro, meso, and macro level. Within these levels of practice, a client’s developmental stage is another important factor. For this discussion, watch the interview of entertainer Rihanna.

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Apply the ecosystems theory and identify the micro, mezzo/meso, and macro levels of practice in Rihanna’s life.
Discuss the levels that lacked support and the areas that were supportive. How did this influence Rihanna’s decisions on her career and personal life?
Summarize Erikson’s (1958) Eight Stages of Psychosocial Development.
Applying Erikson’s (1958) stages of development, discuss Rihanna’s developmental stage and the behavior(s) that represent this stage. What behavior(s) represent adolescence or young adulthood? How has she moved through Erikson’s tasks?
What are the factors that have significantly contributed to Rihanna’s developmental process from adolescence to young adulthood? Include how the role of culture contributed to the process.
Using the literature to support your thoughts, discuss Rihanna’s perspective on her relationship with Chris Brown. You may use her songs as a representation of her perspective as well.
Conclude with your assessment of Rihanna’s strengths, as well as the tasks she is struggling to move through in this developmental stage. What specific behaviors support your assessment?

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