The Holistic Phase Model of Early Adult Crisis

  title={The Holistic Phase Model of Early Adult Crisis},
  author={Oliver C. Robinson and Gordon Wright and Jonathan A. Smith},
  journal={Journal of Adult Development},
The objective of the current study was to explore the structural, temporal and experiential manifestations of crisis episodes in early adulthood, using a holistic-systemic theoretical framework. Based on an analysis of 50 interviews with individuals about a crisis episode between the ages of 25 and 35, a holistic model was developed. The model comprises four phases: (1) Locked-in, (2) Separation/Time-out, (3) Exploration and (4) Rebuilding, which in turn have characteristic features at four… 

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  • Philosophy
    Disability & Society
  • 2020
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  • J. Marcia
  • Psychology
    Journal of personality and social psychology
  • 1966
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