Fall assignment 1 responses

Response 1


Thank you for your post this week, Erikson’s stages of human development are all equally important. Stage one, trust versus mistrust is vital to help the emotional development of children, and help them to develop strong and meaningful relationships. The virtue in this stage which is acquired is hope. By developing a sense of trust, an infant develops hope that as a new crisis arises in their life, there is a real chance that other people, primarily the infants care givers will be there to be a source of support (McLeod, 2018). When one fails to acquire the virtue of hope they can develop fear, and will carry this sense of mistrust into other relationships, which can increase anxiety, heightened insecurities as well as develop a feeling of mistrust about the world (McLeod, 2018). Research by Bowlby and Ainsworth has shown how the quality of the experience of attachment can affect relationships with others later on in their life (McLeod, 2018).

In studying Erikson’s developmental stages can help to serve as a basis of treatment for different recovery stages for mental illness, for example in the initial stage of trust vs. mistrust parallels the mental illness recovery stage concerning the acceptance of the mental illness and trusting the idea of recovery (Orenstein, 2022). It is important to understand that as mental health providers that by utilizing Erikson’s stages of psychosocial development during treatment for patients who are facing times of adjustment in their life or turning points, to be able to help guide them through this transition and help facilitate better outcomes (Orenstein, 2022).


McLeod, S.A. (2018, May 03. Erik Erikson’s stages of psychosocial development. Simply Psychology


Orenstein GA, Lewis L. Eriksons Stages of Psychosocial Development. [Updated 2022 Nov 7]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2022 Jan-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK556096/




thank you for your informative post. Per Erik Erikson’s stages of human development, each part of the personality development need has to be fulfilled in due time, otherwise, it would permanently alter in a favorable way such as insecurity, substance abuse, difficulty with relationship, trust and be trusted(Kaiser, 2020). The stage 1 is definitely as you see that impact those children who were detached from their parents due to various reasons. The broken development fulfillment impacts the children further in their later life span. I have been working with a lot of dual diagnosed patients who have both substance abuse and mental illness. Majority of them were reporting problems with parents or foster families before the behaviors progressed into substance abuse or worsening in symptoms or acceleration. When the clinician identifies the gap, treatment not only can be provided to the patients but also caregivers and school. Including a support system is like adding the guardrail to the treatment plan. The sense of trust is mutual and the other part of the word responds to the need. Fisher et al. (2019) conducted a research study in 25 reviews and concluded the adolescent patients respond well when family therapy is provided on top of individual therapy by decreasing episodes of stressful eating symptoms. Helping the patient to acknowledge the missing piece and gain consciousness in the deficit is helpful to increase acceptance and compliance in treatment including both pharmacological and psychotherapy. It is truly amazing to hear patients reporting from “I don’t know what is wrong with me” to “ I know what the problem is”.


Fisher, C. A., Skocic, S., Rutherford, K. A., & Hetrick, S. E. (2019). Family therapy approaches for anorexia nervosa. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (5).

Kaiser, E. (2020). Violence on street children: Looking through Erikson’s psychosocial development theory. Journal of Health and Social Sciences, 5(1), 45-52.

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