Adolescence and Gender: Overview

Adolescence is a time of transition: Children move into new roles, learning about adulthood and how to function independently in society. Identity formation, including gender identity, is an integral part of the transition. Puberty is a time of physical change and hormonal development, often leading to increased awareness of sexuality, gender, and associated gender roles. Society and media presence often play a large role in the social and psychological aspects of development. Similarly, culture and ethnicity have a large impact on the ways in which adolescents develop their identity as individuals. This entry overviews the topic of adolescence, touching on aspects of biological, psychological, and social development as these factors relate to gender and gender identity. This entry also discusses the importance of peer ...

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