A teenager is being seen by a nurse during a sports physical. The patient complains of how her acne is perceived by others. This patient is in what stage of development?

Identity vs. Role Confusion

Explanation

•Teenagers are very concerned with how they appear to others. They struggle to form their identity and role in the world, and must grapple with many conflicting expectations from friends, family, and the media.

Erikson's stages of psychosocial development:

•Basic trust vs mistrust (0-18 mos)

•Autonomy vs. shame and doubt (18 mos-3 yrs)

•Initiative vs. guilt (3-6)

•Industry vs. inferiority (6-12)

•Identity vs. role confusion (13-19)

•Intimacy vs. isolation (20-39)

•Generativity vs. Stagnation (40-64)

•Ego integrity vs. despair (65-death)

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