The Decades of Life: Relocating Erikson's Stages

  title={The Decades of Life: Relocating Erikson's Stages},
  author={Donald C. Capps},
  journal={Pastoral Psychology},
  • D. Capps
  • Published 1 September 2004
  • Psychology
  • Pastoral Psychology
Erik H. Erikson's life cycle schema consists of eight stages. Three are located in infancy and early childhood (ages 1–5), one in childhood (5–12), one in adolescence, and three in adulthood. This essay proposes a relocation of the stages in terms of decades. The eight psychosocial crises in Erikson's model are retained, but each crisis and its resolution is the central theme of a decade of life. This relocation of Erikson's stages orients the life cycle schema more toward adulthood than to… 

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