Developing Identity

Ego Growth and Change during Adolescence
  • Stuart T. Hauser
  • Donna J. Follansbee


Building on such theorists as Hartmann (1958) and H. S. Sullivan (1953), Erikson has contributed greatly to our current understanding of adolescent development. Early interest in the adolescent ego centered on depicting ways that ego defenses warded off the tumultuous upsurge of pubertal impulses (A. Freud, 1936, 1958; Josselyn, 1952). As noted by Anna Freud:

The physiological process which marks the attainment of physical sexual maturity is accompanied by a stimulation of instinctual processes.... Aggressive impulses are intensified to the point of complete unruliness, hunger becomes voracity and the naughtiness of the latency period turns into criminal behavior of adolescence. (1936, p. 40)


Identity Formation Identity Development Adolescent Development Structural Integration Family Process 
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  • Stuart T. Hauser
    • 1
  • Donna J. Follansbee
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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