Context mapping is when you list various spaces and relationships that you negotiate each day onto a medium that can be displayed. This is especially helpful when trying to figure out the many different roles and interactions you deal with on a daily basis. Based on Erikson’s model of early human development James Marcia took it upon himself to expand on the content of crisis that one typically overcomes when advancing towards becoming an adult. James Marcia developed four stages that helped people to understand the complexity involved when constructing one’s identity.
Achieved Identity: In this stage of adolescence a youth will have explored and made a strong commitment to a set of beliefs and values that they developed themselves or with others assisting them. An example you finally decide to enroll in Youth Development after exploring all paths at RIC because its sets of values align with who you have become.
Foreclosed Identity: In this stage of adolescence there is a commitment to something without personal exploration of alternatives. An example you enroll in Education at RIC because you want to work with youth but you have not explored any other careers paths at RIC that also work with youth.
Diffuse Identity: In this stage of adolescence youth may not yet fully realized their social identity or have even started to define their own personality traits. An example you are unsure about what you want to do in life and whether you should attend college.
Moratorium: In this stage of adolescence commitments are either nonexistent or vaguely defined but are actively exploring alternatives advancements. An example you have an idea that you want to work with youth and you are also looking into other fields of interest such as computer science, and social work.