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The Adolescent Timeframe

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Scientists and researchers continue to evaluate the adolescence timeframe in which all people form the foundation for the rest of their life. The knowledge and understanding required by not only scientists and researchers, but also psychoanalysts create a unique set of principles within the field. A vast understanding of past work done by people such as Erik Erikson and many others, adds to the current, growing knowledge attained by all professionals in the field of identity formation (Brogan 1). Ray Brogan, author of Identity Development understands the processes in which identity development research progresses in terms of past, present and future, as well as understanding the risks in which factors such as suppressive parents, teachers and even friends can pose on a developing adolescent’s personality. “Many development theorists see identity development as a means for an individual to explain the present as a bridge from the past to the future” (1). Brogan takes an interpretative approach to the research completed in past psychoanalysts by further expanding on their findings and interjecting his own throughout the analysis of identity formations processes.
Psychoanalysts research tends to show that the surroundings in which children and adolescents develop affect their outcome; in addition to the surroundings shaping their lives, children admire role models in their life and often act in the same manner or even maintain certain likes and dislikes as the role model (Brogan 1). Noted author and college professor Spencer Rathus identifies that adolescents develop through phases such as not obtaining trust, initiative, or other proper qualities for an individual to flourish into a knowledgeable adult; however, these qualities tha...

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