Developmental Psychology provides student readers with essential help in all aspects of their first course in developmental psychology, including advice on revising exams, preparing and writing course assessment materials, and enhancing and progressing their knowledge and skills in line with course requirements on a developmental psychology course.

Development of Self and Identity

Development of self and identity

Core Areas

  • Development of competent self
  • Development of self-esteem
  • Development of social self
  • Erikson (1963) – stages of identity formation
  • Looking-glass self
  • Marcia's theory of adolescent development
  • Piaget
  • Public versus private self
  • Rouge test
  • Stages of identity formation
  • Stages of impression formation
  • Stages of social perspective taking

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this section you should be able to:

  • understand that there are different types of self;
  • outline the stages involved in the development of the self;
  • define the concept of self-esteem, the scales used to look at this and summarise the main findings in this area;
  • indicate what the rouge test is and how it helps the identification of self-recognition;
  • describe and evaluate Marcia's ideas on identity development in adolescence;
  • outline the stages of impression formation, stages of social perspective taking, and the development ...
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