identity v role confusion
Erikson's term for the fifth stage of development, in which the person tries to figure out "Who am I?" but is confused as to which of many possible roles to adopt.
A consistent definition of one's self as a unique individual, in terms of roles, attitudes, beliefs, & aspirations.
Erikson's term for the attainment of identity, or the point at which a person understands who s/he is as a unique individual, in accord w/ past experiences & future plans.
A situation in which an adolescent does not seem to know or care what his/her identity is.
aka: identity diffusion
Erikson's term for premature identity formation, which occurs when an adolescent adopts parents' or society's roles & values wholesale, w/o questioning or analysis.
An adolescent's choice of a socially acceptable way to postpone making identity-achievement decisions. Going to college is a common example.
A person's acceptance of the roles & behaviors that society associates w/ the biological categories of male & female.
A term that refers to whether a person is sexually & romantically attracted to others of the same sex, the opposite sex, or both sexes.
Petty, peevish arguing, usually repeated & ongoing.
Parents' ongoing awareness of what their children are doing, where, & w/ whom.
A group of adolescents made up of close friends who are loyal to one another while excluding outsiders.
A larger group of adolescents who have something in common but who are not necessarily friends.
Encouragement to conform to one's friends or contemporaries in behavior, dress, & attitude; usually considered a negative force, as when adolescent peers encourage one another to defy adult authority.
Destructive peer support in which one person shows another how to rebel against authority or social norms.
Feelings of hopelessness, lethargy, & worthlessness that last two weeks or more.
Repeatedly thinking & talking about past experiences; can contribute to depression.
A person under the age of 18 who breaks the law.
A person whose criminal activity typically begins in early adolescence & continues throughout life; a career criminal
A person whose criminal activity stops by age 21.
The idea that each new generation forgets what the previous generation learned. As used here, the term refers to knowledge about the harm drugs can do.