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Identity development in childhood can be understood through various theoretical traditions and lenses. This area of study is the exploration of how individuals develop their identity or who they are over the course of their life. Varying theoretical frameworks and epistemological traditions define identity and the process of identity formation in many different ways. However, almost all research and theoretical traditions within the field of identity development in individuals recognize the formative effects of childhood and childhood experiences. Much of the research on identity development during childhood relies heavily on the developmental stage theory developed by Eric Erikson, who was significantly influenced by Sigmund and Anna Freud. The Eriksonian perspective has been taken up by many different fields to inform research and practice.

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