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Sexual Identity

Committing to an identity entails answering the questions, “Who am I?” and “To which values am I committed?” The process of developing an identity often remains fluid throughout the entire life span. Individuals must determine how they wish to define themselves across several different domains. For instance, individuals may feel a greater sense of identity commitment after understanding where they stand and what they value in the workplace, or within their family structure. In addition to work identities and family identities, another prominent domain of development occurs with respect to understanding one’s sexual identity. Sexual identity includes, though is not limited to, components such as biological sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, and social pressures on sex roles. Self-reflection on these components may promote sexual identity ...

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