Basic Trust & Mistrust: Erik Erikson's Theory


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How did Erikson structure his theory of psychosocial development?

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1. What do infants learn during the trust vs. mistrust stage?

2. Trust vs. mistrust is characterized by the question _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet help ensure your understanding of how Erikson believed the trust and mistrust stage of his psychosocial theory can affect a person's life. Topics you will be quizzed on include the characteristics that can develop if the basic needs of an infant are not met, and the question that characterizes trust vs. mistrust.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz and worksheet combination, you will review:

  • The structure of Erikson's psychosocial development theory
  • What infants learn during the trust vs. mistrust stage
  • Erikson's view of the positive and negative sides of each stage

Skills Practiced

You will practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on Erik Erikson's theory
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts about the trust and mistrust theory to examine how it affects a person's life
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how caregivers providing for an infant's needs relates to trust and mistrust
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the positive and negative side of each stage of the psychosocial development theory

Additional Learning

Learn more about this topic with the accompanying lesson called Basic Trust & Mistrust: Erik Erikson's Theory. It covers these objectives:

  • Discuss the theory of psychosocial development
  • Identify the eight life stages of this theory
  • Review how the trust vs. mistrust stage can influence each subsequent stage