Each stage consists of a unique developmental task that confronts individuals with a crisis, which is a turning point of increased vulnerability and enhanced potential that must be resolved.</li></li></ul><li>
Trust vs. Mistrust <br /><ul><li>Erikson’s first psychological stage
Identity vs. Identity confusion <br />Erikson’s fifth developmental stage<br />Individual experience during the adolescent years.<br />Faced with finding out who they are, what they are all about, and where they are going in life.<br />confronted with many new roles and adult statuses – vocational and romantic, for example. <br />Parents need to allow adolescents to explore many different roles and different paths within a particular role.<br /><ul><li>If the adolescent explores such roles in a healthy manner and arrives at a positive path to follow in life, then a positive identity will be achieved.
Generativity vs. Stagnation<br />Erikson’s seventh developmental stage<br />Individuals experience during middle adulthood<br />A chief concern is to assist the younger generation in developing and leading useful lives – this is what Erikson means by generativity.<br />The feeling of done nothing to the next generation is stagnation.<br />