Adolescent Male Psychosocial Development Essay

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Adolescent Male Psychosocial Development Adolescent Male Psychosocial Development This interview was conducted with a 14 year old African American male who will be called Robert. The subject attends the local middle school and is in the 7th grade. Robert lives with his 41 year old mother and 20 year old sister. The interviewer explained that the information would be used for the interviewer’s course in human growth and development. The subject asked if he would be asked any questions that he would not want to answer and the interviewer explained that he could refuse to answer any questions he was not comfortable asking. Robert stated that he was 5’6’ and weighs 170 pounds. He was dressed in a black t-shirt, basketball shorts, and Nike sandals. According to Erikson’s psychosocial stages of development, Robert is currently in the Identity vs. Confusion stage (Learning Theories Knowledgebase, 2012). During this stage, adolescents are struggling to find their own place in the world. Prior to this, the primary influence on a child is the nuclear family. While the family maintains an important role, adolescents begin to see themselves as separate from the family and develop values and morals that are unique to the peer group that they identify with. This task is more difficult if the adolescent has not mastered the previous stages because this stage requires the adolescent to act, instead of react (Learning Theories Knowledgebase, 2012). Robert’s responses to the questions asked indicate that he is having some difficulties thinking independently of his mother in some areas but holds his peers in high regard. In Bourdeau et al.’s (2011) article studying parental strategies for knowledge of adolescent’s friends, it was found that parents rely of adolescent self-disclosure, talking with adolescent’s friends, referring to the other parent, and making assumptions as ways

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