Psychosocial Moratorium

“This period can be viewed as a psychosocial moratorium during which the young adult through free role experimentation may find a niche in some section of his society, a niche which is firmly defined and yet seems to be uniquely made for him” (Erikson, 1968, p. 156).

Identity, Youth and Crisis

In 1968, Erik H. Erikson wrote the book Identity Youth and Crisis. In his work he discusses the notion of how individuals, particularly those in their late teens, experience a sense of confusion in regards to love, work and their beliefs (Erikson, 1968, p.156).

Created by:  Lisa Feeley, Amanda Halliburton and Bethany Mastrorilli



Erikson, E. H. (1968). Identity: Youth and crisis. New York: Norton.

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