Determine the identity status of the adolescents portrayed in the following examples. Explain your responses.
- Example 1: Kenny is about to graduate from high school—barely. His grades are borderline; he has few friends, no real interests, and spends most of his time after school staying in his room listening to music. He seems to have no interest in making plans for the future or even finding a job to support himself after high school.
- Example 2: Sue seems to change her mind every few weeks about almost everything. She cannot seem to settle on what she wants to do after high school. At times, she says she wants to go to college, but other times, she says she wants to see the world. One minute she wants to be a doctor, the next she wants to be a writer. She is also continually changing her appearance: One month, she was preppy; the next, she dyed her hair and bought a new wardrobe. Her parents are not too concerned: they support her ideas about the future and know she will eventually find her path.
- Example 3: Josh has just started college this semester and is positive he wants to go to medical school. He has never considered any other career for himself. His father is a doctor, as was his grandfather. For as long as he can remember, all he has ever wanted to do is follow in his father’s footsteps and become a doctor as well. He is sure it is his calling.
- Example 4: Cindy has just graduated from college with a B.A. in psychology. It took her almost six years to get her degree because she changed her major so many times. First, she was an English major, then it was art, and next business. Finally, she took a general psychology class and was hooked. Later, she got a part-time job at a mental health facility and knew this was the field for her. Now she is going to graduate school to earn her Ph.D. in psychology. From her experience working at the mental health facility, she knows she wants to be a psychologist who works with troubled children.
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