Becoming Men: The Development of Aspirations, Values, and by Daniel A. Hart

By Daniel A. Hart

Here, Daniel A. Hart analyzes the result of a thorough twenty-year longitudinal examine of men's improvement. Integrating quite a lot of examine ways, Hart assesses character trait, structural-developmental, and crisis-transformational components within the learn of lives through the years. the writer then develops an unique framework for figuring out the mental similarities and alterations in men's lives.

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Reviewers have noted that the Marcia paradigm does not fully capture the richness of Erikson's conception of identity (Blasi, 1988) and that it leads researchers to the conclusion that identity, once gained, is never lost or reconstructed (McAdams, 1985). Studies by George Vaillant The most interesting research on Erikson's tasks in adulthood has been done by George Vaillant (1977). Vaillant has confirmed the importance of successfully resolving the Eriksonian tasks through his analyses of a group of healthy college men followed into middle adulthood.

A child might argue that Heinz should not steal the drug because if he does he will go to jail. The individual at Stage 1 is incapable of understanding the perspective of another person and consequently cannot genuinely resolve interpersonal conflicts. An awareness of the perspective of another emerges at Stage 2, Individualism. The child or young adolescent at Stage 2 recognizes that persons have different interests and believes that persons ought to be allowed to pursue them. The guiding principle for moral judgment, then, is to do what is best for the self's immediate interests; a child might argue that Heinz should steal the drug to save his wife's life only if he enjoys her company (or her salary or her cooking) and the risks of imprisonment are not too great.

Although this body of work is impressive, it is not without its critics. Reviewers have noted that the Marcia paradigm does not fully capture the richness of Erikson's conception of identity (Blasi, 1988) and that it leads researchers to the conclusion that identity, once gained, is never lost or reconstructed (McAdams, 1985). Studies by George Vaillant The most interesting research on Erikson's tasks in adulthood has been done by George Vaillant (1977). Vaillant has confirmed the importance of successfully resolving the Eriksonian tasks through his analyses of a group of healthy college men followed into middle adulthood.

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