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Disability and adolescence is an emerging topic for researchers studying social identity and disability as it intersects with gender and other prominent identity categories. This entry briefly introduces disability and adolescence research as it relates to the psychology of gender and discusses theoretical approaches pertinent to disability and adolescent identity development. The entry concludes with a discussion of the role disability plays in adolescent development and directions for future research.

Disability and Adolescence: Background and History

Adolescence is a time when the developing person tries on and discards an innumerable amount of social identities. Adolescents may discard identities and peer groups as quickly as a pile of clothes. All adolescents are in the midst of trying to find a place in the world and a supportive peer ...

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