The Disruption of Identity Formation in Adolescence is Associated With the Development of Depression That Continues to Persist Into Adulthood

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Khokhlova, Anna
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The aim of this capstone is to explore and establish a relationship between the disruption of the identity formation process in adolescence and the emergence of depression that continues to persist into adulthood. Formation of identity in adolescence is an essential developmental task and a vitally important process that has both short-term and long-term implications for one’s mental health. The disruption of identity formation in adolescence is associated with the development of various psychopathologies, including depression that continues to persist into adulthood. Identity confusion and uncertainty exacerbate the symptoms and the severity of depression that affects equally both males and females. The main factors that contribute to identity disruption and depression are insecure attachment style, traumatic life events, and adverse childhood experiences. To address the main contributing risk factors to identity disruption and the emergence of depression, both preventative youth programs and therapeutic interventions that focus on the young individual’s values and identity choices, bodily responses to trauma, and attachment repair are suggested. The same treatment modalities can be used for adult clients. Helping one bring forward their core identity and making it heard, seen, and accepted in society can help one build and maintain their healthy self-confidence, self-worth, cultivate self-love, and, as a result, mitigate any mental health problems, including depression.
identity , identity formation , disruption of identity formation , depression , adolescence