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Psychosocial development in the elderly: an investigation into Erikson's ninth stage

Brown, C. and Lowis, M. J. (2003) Psychosocial development in the elderly: an investigation into Erikson's ninth stage. Journal of Aging Studies. 17(4), pp. 415-426. 0890-4065.

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Abstract: This study investigated Joan Erikson's suggestion [Erikson, E.H. (1998). The life cycle completed. Extended version with new chapters on the ninth stage by Joan M. Erikson. New York: Norton] that there is a ninth stage to Erik Erikson's [Erikson, E.H. (1963). Childhood and society (2nd ed.). New York: Norton] Theory of Psychosocial Development to address the challenges of extreme later life. Questionnaires to measure resolution of Stages 8 and 9, compiled from original descriptions, were completed by 32 women aged in their 80s or 90s, and 32 women aged in their 60s. Results showed there to be a significant correlation between age and resolution of Stage 9 (P=.01), but not for Stage 8, and a significant difference between the mean scores of the two age groups for Stage 9 (P=.03), but not for Stage 8. Recognition that there could be a stage of psycho-social development applicable to people aged in their 80s and 90s, would be a source of comfort to aging individuals themselves, as well as invaluable to friends, relatives, and carers
Additional Information: UoA 12, RAE 2008
Uncontrolled Keywords: Erikson; Elderly; Ego integrity; Gero-transcendence; Disengagement
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF712 Developmental psychology > BF724.55 Older people
Creators: Brown, Cynthia and Lowis, Michael J
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Health & Society
Date: 1 November 2003
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 415-426
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Aging Studies
Volume: 17
Number: 4
Language: English
ISSN: 0890-4065
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes
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