Adolescence is a time in a person’s life where they are trying to figure out who they are. In the 1950’s Erik Erikson came up with his eight stages of development. Erikson added the study of adolescence to Freud’s stages. He believed that adolescence is the stage where teens face identity versus role confusion. This is where teens are determining what they like to do and how they are going to contribute to society. This stage starts at puberty and ends at ages 18-20. In this stage the goal is to develop and learn new things about oneself and one’s changing bodies (Boeree). Teens begin asking questions about intimacy and sex and this stage is where they start having deeper relationships with their friends and start hanging out with their family less. Adolescents also should try to be involved in many things such as sports or volunteer services. That way they can learn what they like to do and what they are good at. This will benefit them because it will give them experience interacting with adults and other teens. It will also show them what they like to do and possibly what they want to do with their life (Ruffin). Teens at the end of this stage are about to go to college or start working, so by this time in their life hopefully they know who they are and who they want to be. Erikson published these stages right around the time that the first adolescent hospital was established. His research probably contributed to the idea that adolescence is a very important time period in a person’s life and that it should be more specialized so that they can get the treatment they need.
This short video shows pictures of teens in the adolescent stage and it asks important questions that explain the time period of their life. I also liked some of the quotes that were in the video because they were inspiring and they fit nicely with the goals that teens are trying to achieve in this stage. In the video it said, “The moment you feel like giving up, remember all the reasons you held on for so long,” this quote is unknown but I think it goes along well with the adolescent stage because teens at this age are trying new things and if they really love something then they should stick with it. They should also get into a habit of trying their hardest at everything they do and sticking with it.