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James Marcia's Identity Theory: Understanding Adolescents' Search For Identity

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What are the two factors which most significantly affect identity formation according to James Marcia?

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1. Steven's parents have always wanted him to be a doctor. He accepted this preference and went to medical school even though he never really thought about whether he wanted to be a doctor. Which of Marcia's identity statuses applies to Steven?

2. Which of the following statements best describes the difference between the Moratorium and Foreclosure stages of Marcia's Identity Theory?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

James Marcia's identity theory states that a person's occupation and ideology is what forms their identity, and that there are four identity stages in identity development. These assessments will test your understanding of these stages through theoretical situations.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be expected to answer questions on:

  • Which psychologist is famous for suggesting four stages in identity development
  • What the four stages in identity development are
  • Theoretical examples of the four stages in identity development

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the four stage identity theory
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define each stage of identity development
  • Making connections- use understanding of the stages of identity development to identify examples of each stage

Additional Learning

Examine this theory in more detail by referring to the lesson titled James Marcia's Identity Theory: Understanding Adolescents' Search For Identity. You will also go over these objectives:

  • Define what an identity is
  • Understand how ideology relates to identity
  • Identify the key characteristics of people in each stage of the identity theory
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