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What are at least three ways in which Erikson's theory is applicable to the study of child development?

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Erikson's theory is based on the epigenetic principle. According to this principle, human personality develops in a predetermined order. Personality develops in stages, and each stage builds upon the previous one. At each stage of development, an individual experiences a psychological crisis—which could lead to a positive or negative outcome in personality. This theory influences the study of child development in many ways.

1. Erikson's theory provides the foundation upon which most child development modules are prepared. Although the theory has its critics, it is among the extensively used principles in child development studies.

2. Erikson's theory provides fundamental information that helps learners understand other child development theories....

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