For this assignment, you will compose a 4-page essay in which you will review one of two theories of development as it relates to your life experience.
Discuss Erikson’s theory of development, by relating the first four stages of psychosocial development to your life, OR
Discuss Kohlberg’s stages of moral reasoning, by explaining in what stage of moral development you believe yourself to be. Give ONE example that demonstrates your current level of moral reasoning.
After you have written your introduction and described your chosen theory of development, you will write a reflective paper exploring aspects of your own identity formation during adolescence. You are free to discuss whatever issues you feel are important, and to include personal experiences at your discretion. Your papers will be strictly confidential, and you are not required to reveal any sensitive information about yourself.
In your essay, respond to the the following questions in one-to-two paragraphs each: Professional Custom Writing Services from the Experts!
Describe five positive and five negative characteristics you possess(ed) as an adolescent. How did you come to be aware of your positive characteristics? How and when did you become aware of your negative characteristics? How did you try (or how are you trying now) to overcome the negative aspects of your personality?
What were your concerns during early, middle and late adolescence? How did you deal with these concerns?
Think of one or more event that happened during adolescence that marked a positive turning point in your life, and that had a profound influence on your personality. For example, was there an event that caused you to feel you were at a crossroads in life, and that the decisions you needed to make would have great impact on your future? Did you cross some boundary that showed you were growing up and developing into a different, more mature person? Looking back, how do you feel about it now?
What were your relationships with friends and/or family like? How did they affect your life? How did your peer relationships change throughout adolescence?
As this is a formal essay, you are required to double-space your work, and to include a cover and reference page. The body of your paper should be 1,000 to 1,100 words, not including the cover or reference pages. This usually works out to 4-5 pages. You are asked to use 12-point, Times New Roman font, to cite a minimum of three sources — one of which should be your textbook — and to submit your work using APA-style referencing. Please refer to the video on APA formatting for essays in the aptly named discussion forum, to understand the expectations of proper essay formatting. Also refer to the APA Manual or the OWL/Purdue website to review the citation and reference-formatting rules. You are also encouraged to use the TLC (Tutoring and Learning Centre) services on campus, to receive support with your assignment completion in person.
Your essay will be submitted in this assignment submission tool available on Blackboard. You will need to click “Browse my Computer” to upload your file. It must be attached as a Word document. Late submissions are not accepted. Please discuss any unforeseen delays with your professor in advance of the due date.
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