The fifth psychosocial stage takes place during the often turbulent teenage years. This stage plays an essential role in developing a sense of personal identity which will continue to influence behavior and development for the rest of a person's life.
Adolescents may further their identity formation through involvement in digital media which allows for freedom of self-expression and identity exploration via, for example, blogs and social networking. The Internet, in general, may provide a vehicle through which adolescents can readily access information pertinent to their physical and psychological well-being as they transition toward adulthood.
Essays on adolescent identity development in foster
The hallmark developmental task of adolescence is to construct a coherent self-identity and the universality of this struggle is central to adolescent culture. During this period of transition, adolescents face the challenge of individuation/autonomy and identity formation as they actively seek support from sources other than their parents and adult guardians. Adolescent engagement in self-identity exploration and displays of increased self-reliance are often public (e.g., in the form of dress, preferred music, or new personal freedoms), further contributing to a distinct adolescent culture.