Psychosocial Theory

Psychosocial Theory

Social inter­ac­tion plays a role in per­son­al­ity development.

Psy­choso­cial the­ory explains the role of social inter­ac­tion in per­son­al­ity devel­op­ment. Erik Erik­son pro­posed a psy­choso­cial the­ory of per­son­al­ity devel­op­ment (see fig­ure below). Carl Rogers and Abra­ham Maslow advanced it fur­ther, and devel­oped the human­is­tic theories.

Erik Erik­son pro­posed eight psy­choso­cial stages of devel­op­ment (Puck­ett & Black, 2001).


Cook, L. & Cook, G. (2005). Child Devel­op­ment. Pear­son Edu­ca­tion, Inc.

Puck­ett, M. & Black, J. (2001). The Young Child (3rd Ed.). Macmil­lan Pub­lish­ing Co.


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