Theoretical Perspectives on Adolescent Intimacy
â– Erikson and Sullivan: Conflicting Views?
âž¢ Sullivan: the development of intimacy leads to the development of a coherent sense of self in late adolescent
âž¢ Erikson: one must have a clear sense of who one is in order to avoid becoming lost in a relationship with someone else
â– Contemporary research shows that these are complementary, not competing tasks during adolescent development âž¢ Itâ€s not a matter of which comes first, they complement each other; theyâ€re intertwined and development overlaps
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