Teenage Identity Crisis
In the teenage community, it is most difficult to establish an identity of “Who am I?” According to Erik Erickson, identity crisis is one of the most important conflicts teenagers experience in this developmental stage (Wood, Wood, and Boyd). This phenomenon has created much pain and heartache within the family unit because of the drastic changes in teenagers. The necessary solution to this problem requires authoritative parental guidance during this critical period. Identity crisis starts within the teenager, and hormones a plays a major role in this crisis. According to Wood, Wood and Boyd, Erick Erickson states “the term identity crisis to refer to the emotional turmoil a teenager experience when trying to establish a sense of personal identity” (Wood, Wood, and Boyd). The number one cause of the identity crisis comes from hormonal changes. As the teenager goes through these hormonal changes, at times it can be bizarre and there likes and dislike can change; like there style in clothes, speaking, interest in sex, drinking, drugs, and changes in mood. Teenagers sometimes exhibit anger, loneliness and confusion, even feelings of rejection as they search to identify themselves. “Issues such as peer pressure, academic expectations and changing bodies can bring a lot of ups and downs for teens. “But for some teens, the lows are more than just temporary feelings — they're a symptom of depression” (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research). When teenager are not properly taught to deal with change, depending on the idividual it can lead to numerous behavioral proplems;these changes can also lead to conflict, within the family. Some parents at this stage perceive the behavior of the teenager as coming against their authority. Conflicts usually arise when the parents are not aware of the teenager’s developmental crisis. If families are dysfunctional and parents are not prepared or willing to learn how to handle this crisis, this...
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