Intimacy and Isolation: A Validation Study of Erikson's Theory

  title={Intimacy and Isolation: A Validation Study of Erikson's Theory},
  author={Joshua M. Gold and Joan D. Rogers},
  journal={Journal of Humanistic Psychology},
  pages={78 - 86}
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