[Challenges and risks in the development of the ego ideal in adolescence].Prax Kinderpsychol Kinderpsychiatr. 2003 Nov; 52(9):653-76.PK
The author proposes to speak of representations concerning the ideal self, the ideal relationship, the ideal society instead of ego ideal. An active self develops ideals and uses them as standards for orientation, to regulate the affects, and to fulfill needs. The different ideals often do not fit together and are therefore difficult to realize. Adolescents normally refuse their parents' ideals and create new ones with the help of their peers. This developmental step is full of challenges and risks as will be explained in this article.