Nursing And Erikson Essay

Length: 2 pages Sources: 3 Subject: Health - Nursing Type: Essay Paper: #2096487 Related Topics: Eriksons Theory, Nurse Practitioner, Philosophy Of Nursing, Nursing Philosophy
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Nursing and Erickson Psychosocial Developmental Theory

The objective of this study is to examine Erikson's psychosocial Developmental theory and to discuss how one might apply the theory to their selected nursing practice including a brief description of the theory, framework or philosophy.

The stages of psychosocial development proposed in the work of Erikson include personality stages, psychosexual modes, psychosocial modality and accompanying virtue. These are shown in the following chart labeled Figure 1 in this study.

Erikson's Psychosocial Development Theory Stages, Modes, Modality and Virtues

Personality Stage

Psychosexual Mode

Psychosocial Modality


Trust vs. Mistrust



getting taking


Autonomy vs. Shame, Doubt

retentive eliminative holding on letting go


Inititative vs. Guilt intrusive making


Industry vs. Inferiority


Identity vs. Role Confusion


Intimacy vs. Isolation


Generativity vs. Stagnation





I. Use of This Theory in the Nursing Practice

Erikson's psychosocial development theory stages modes. Modality and virtues can be utilized in the nursing practice because knowledge of these various stages, modes, modalities and virtues assist the nursing practitioner in understanding how to best cope with the various patient specific personalities and the various psychosocial development stages of the individual patient. Reported as implications to nursing are the following:

(1) Applying the stages proposed by Erikson in the stages of psychosocial development "helps in analyzing patient's symptomatic behavior in the context of traumatic past experiences and struggles with current developmental tasks." (Current Nursing, 2014, p. 1)

(2) It is reported that when "patients' resolutions of previous psychosocial stages have been so faulty as to seriously compromise their adult development, they have the opportunity to rework early development through the relationship with the therapist." (Current Nursing, 2014, p. 1)

(3) Additionally stated is that the focus of psychotherapy "is not to head off future conflict but to assist the patient in emerging from each crisis "with an increased sense of inner unity, with an increase of good judgment, and an increase in the capacity 'to do well' according to his own standards and to the standards of those who are significant to him." (Current Nursing, 2014, p. 1)

II. Use of Erikson's Theory in Nursing

According to one report for the nurse that is familiar with the Development Theory of Erikson, they are capable in the analysis of the "patient's symptomatic behavior in the context of traumatic past experiences…

Sources Used in Documents:


Current Nursing (2014) Theory of Psychosocial Development. Erik H. Erikson. Retrieved from:

Davis, D. (1995) Psychosocial Theory: Erikson. Haverford. Retrieved from:

Erikson's Development Theory and Its Impact on Nursing (2011) Current Nursing. Retrieved from:

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