Journal of Adult Development

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 58–76 | Cite as

A Review of Measures of Erikson’s Stages of Psychosocial Development: Evidence for a General Factor

  • Curtis S. Dunkel
  • Colin Harbke


Recent research suggests that values on Erikson’s psychosocial stages covary to form a general factor of psychosocial development (GFPD). The purpose of the current investigation was to further test this possibility by conducting a meta-analysis on the association among the psychosocial stages. Sixty-two correlation matrices from 50 different samples (N = 20,326) were analyzed. Factor analyses supported the existence of a GFPD. Future research should explore the nature of the GFPD.


Psychosocial development Erikson General factor of psychosocial development Meta-analysis 


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  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentWestern Illinois UniversityMacombUSA

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