Changes in Sense of Self From Childhood to Adolescence


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According to Marcia, the adolescence stage is critical in the development of the self because it is the _____ zone.

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1. You are different now than when you were four years old because _____.

2. John's parents have decided that he will enlist in the Army after high school. John hasn't given much thought to what he wants to do and will most likely do what they advise. According to James Marcia, accepting his parents' advice will put John into _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Identity is a fluid thing that changes as you grow older. This quiz/worksheet combo will help to test your knowledge of James Marcia's theory of identity and how the sense of self changes as you age.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you will be tested on the following concepts:

  • Why the adolescence stage is critical in self-development
  • Why we become different as we age
  • Examples of identity diffusion and identity foreclosure

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allows students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the sense of self through various life stages
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about identity in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as achievement and foreclosure, in terms of identity

Additional Learning

To learn more about James Marcia's theory of identity, review the accompanying lesson on Sense of Self From Childhood to Adolescence. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define the adolescence stage of development
  • Identify each of the four ways a teenager can navigate adolescence
  • Differentiate between identity foreclosure, moratorium, achievement and diffusion