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Raising Philanthropic Children

Erikson’s Stages of Development


A second theory of development for humans is Erikson's Stages of Development. Erickson also relates to growth in philanthropic understanding.

In each developmental stage there is a crisis through with the individual must work in order to move on to the next stage. If the individual works through the crisis in a dysfunctional manner, he or she will likely struggle later with this issue. The positive outcomes describe the results of a resolved crisis, and the negative outcomes describe the affects of an unresolved crisis. Each stage provides the opportunity for growth in developing philanthropic behaviors as well.

Please select the images, from the infant to the elderly man, and notice the explanation of each of Erickson's stages.

George Boeree, Shippenburg University

Wu, Shalley, PhD. Erikson's Eight Stages of Human Development.