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Identity, Youth, and Crisis Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. According to Erikson, why might it be petty to attempt to define "identity" or "identity crisis"?

It might be petty to attend to define the identity or identity crisis because these terms seem to define themselves. Additionally, throughout history these terms have been used in so many different ways it is difficult to pinpoint one solid definition.

2. How do social scientists attempt to narrow the term identity down?

Social scientists attempt to narrow the term identity by including modifiers to the term. For example, the social scientists exploring the notion of gender in young children may say "gender identity."

3. What is Erikson suggest it is a good thing that the term crisis no longer means solely a bad event?

Erikson suggests that it is good that crisis no longer only means the data event because it now suggests a turning point. Concerning human development crisis refers to an opportunity for growth.

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