Modern Parenthood From goth to jock: your teenager's search for identity

From goth to jock: our teenager parenting experts explain the connection between your teenager's search for identity and his or her evolving sense of personal style.

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The theorist Erik Erikson is well known for expanding on Freud’s work regarding human development. Mr. Erikson understood and acknowledged that before an adolescent could make the transition to adulthood, he or she had to embark on a journey, a voyage of self-discovery and a search for an identity.