Erikson's Stage of Ego Integrity versus Despair The following paper elaborates upon Erik Erikson’s stage of ego integrity versus Despair. As many are aware, Erikson writes that the last of his eight life crises is the ego integrity versus despair stage. The purpose of the ensuing several pages is to look at this final stage and how it relates to older adults and, particularly, to older adults who have developmental disabilities. What follows will be an overview of the ego integrity versus despair stage; how Erikson’s concept relates to seniors with developmental disabilities; and a final examination of whether Erikson’s concept is valid or not valid as an explanatory tool. In the final analysis, the eighth and final stage of Erikson’s...The end:
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