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Theories of Psychological Development

Theories of Psychological Development Discussion

To prepare for this discussion, be sure you review the Eriksons’ Psychosocial TheoryLinks to an external site. and Suicide Assessment and SADPERSONS ScaleLinks to an external site.resources.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (2023), suicide is the second-leading cause of death among adolescents, with nearly 20% of high school students reporting thoughts of suicide. Erikson’s psychosocial theory identifies the period of adolescence as a time when young people are struggling with their identity and experimenting with different roles.

As you reflect on these ideas, respond to the following in your post:

What role do you believe an adolescent’s environment might play in the challenges they experience with identity and role identification?
What connections do you see between Erickson’s theory of psychosocial development and the high rate of suicidal ideation among adolescents?
How does the SADPERSONS Scale reflect aspects of Erickson’s theory?
[This discussion helps to meet MLOs 2 and 4]


National Alliance on Mental Illness. (2023). What you need to know about youth suicide.

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