Theories of Psychological Development
To prepare for this discussion, be sure you review the Eriksons’ Psychosocial TheoryLinks to an external site. and Suicide Assessment and SADPERSONS ScaleLinks to an external site.resources.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (2023), suicide is the second-leading cause of death among adolescents, with nearly 20% of high school students reporting thoughts of suicide. Erikson’s psychosocial theory identifies the period of adolescence as a time when young people are struggling with their identity and experimenting with different roles.
National Alliance on Mental Illness. (2023). What you need to know about youth suicide. https://www.nami.org/Your-Journey/Kids-Teens-and-Young-Adults/What-You-Need-to-Know-About-Youth-Suicide