Mental Health Question #14


A 72-year-old woman tells the clinic nurse, “I have a good life and I still enjoy it, but I feel ready to go when it’s time.” The nurse determines that the client is in which stage of Erickson’s personality development?


  1. Generativity vs. stagnation.
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  2. Intimacy vs. Isolation
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  3. Ego integrity vs. Despair.
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  4. Industry vs. inferiority.
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This is the last stage, which begins in the mid 60s. This group feels a sense of fulfillment knowing they have done something significant during their adult years. They feel content with their life when looking back. If they feel they haven’t done much, it is likely they will experience despair. The other options describe younger adults and children.

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