Ego Integrity Research (Erikson)

Holistic Care of Older Adults

Overview: Life Review – Ego Integrity Research (Erikson)

In preparation for the Life Review interview, you will research the theories of Erik Erikson. This assignment will help you record, organize, and analyze important information about Erikson’s Stages of Development.

At the completion of the interview, you may be able to determine the degree to which the client has achieved ego integrity as defined by Erikson (1986). Failure to achieve ego integration may manifest itself in disgust and/or fear of death. Nurses can encourage elders to write about their life experiences by assigning topics which can be shared with a group or can use a guided interview to provide a sense of continuity and experience the human need for connectedness. Life that can be viewed across years may balance the highs and lows with a sense of completeness, as opposed to remembering the regrets.

Performance Objectives:

· Apply gerontologic nursing principles and standards in nursing practice across the continuum of elder care.

· Use current evidence and theories in care of older adults.


Use this rubric to guide your work on the assignment, “Ego Integrity Research.”

Levels of Achievement
Week 1- Assignment 2 Conduct research and list sources consulted regarding Erikson’s Stages of DevelopmentWeight 33.00%0 %Less than 2 sources included50 %APA formatted list of 2 sources or APA formatting incorrect100 %APA formatted list of 3 or more sources included
Record Key Ideas. Documentation of Important informationWeight 50.00%0 %Information was cut and pasted directly from other sources50 %Key ideas recorded but no evidence of synthesis100 %Ideas show synthesis of information gathered
Spelling punctuationa and grammarWeight 17.00%0 %More than 2 errorsOr APA not used50 %APA format1-2 errors100 %APA formatNo errors

A. Conduct research: List sources of information regarding Erikson’s theories that you used during your research. Be sure to follow APA format.

B. Key ideas: Use this space to record and organize the information you discover during your research. Focus on key ideas, examples, and applications that will relate to your interview with your Life Review elder. (This information should not exceed two pages.). DO NOT COPY AND PASTE FROM YOUR REFERENCES. Please supply a synthesis of what you have learned about the last stage of development (ego integrity vs despair). Please do not discuss the other developmental stages. Pretend that your instructor knows nothing about this stage of development and how it affects older adults – teach us! Please write in paragraph format rather than bullet points.


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