The nurse is talking to a 67-year-old client who has just retired from the job he’s had since age 17—the only job he’s ever had. The nurse understands that the client is in which of Erikson’s stages?

  1. intimacy versus isolation
  2. ego integrity versus despair
  3. identity versus role confusion
  4. generativity versus stagnation
Number 2 is correct.
Rationale: Clients age 65 – 85 are in the ego integrity versus despair stage. This is a time of reflection on life. Successful clients can look back with satisfaction, while unsuccessful clients may feel as if their lives were wasted. Young adults aged 19 – 34 years are in the intimacy versus isolation stage. Adolescents aged 12 – 18 years are in the identity versus role confusion stage. Adults aged 35 – 64 are in the generativity versus stagnation stage.