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Eric Ericksen ­ Psychosocial Theory of Development


Psychosocial ­ psychological development occurs through an interaction between the biological
needs of the individual and the social forces encountered during the course of daily life

Theory covers the whole life-span

8 psychosocial stages

Each stage requires a different level of social…

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trust parents'
care or develops
distrust of the
11-18 Identity vs. Acquires a sense Fidelity Peers, in groups
identity diffusion of identity in and out groups
terms of beliefs,
vocation, etc; or
fails to achieve


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