Hurricane Ike and My Mother: How Loss of Extended Self Contributed to Identity Development
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Natural disasters can strike anywhere at any time. As new disasters inevitably loom in the future, it is important to understand how the consequences of natural disaster loss lead to identity development. This work adds to the lack of research linking identity development and natural disaster by looking at an individual’s process of identity development leading up to the traumatic event of a natural disaster. Erikson’s lifespan development theory is built on by showing how an individual’s reaction to a traumatic event fosters identity development.