This practical book helps readers provide effective mental, emotional, and behavioral health services to clients across the continuum of care, from health promotion through long-term treatment and remediation. Anchoring each chapter within a life stage—from childhood through older adulthood—the text identifies the nature and origin of various psychological issues and emphasizes the importance of anticipating and responding early to concerns that arise for large portions of the population. The Second Edition features new chapters and expanded coverage of important topics, such as sociocultural contextual factors and interprofessional health perspectives.

Child Identity Development

Child Identity Development
Child Identity Development
Kathleen S. TillmanUniversity of North Dakota

A child's identity comprises a set of beliefs that she holds about herself and then uses to define who she is (Sharma & Sharma, 2010). Identity is an umbrella term that encompasses a child's overall sense of self. This sense of self includes, but is not limited to, psychological functioning, social functioning, belief systems, and thoughts about the self. Throughout this chapter, the concepts that fall under the larger umbrella term of identity will be referred to as various facets of identity. These multifaceted identities (e.g., emotional and social identity, ethnic and racial identity, cultural identity, gender identity, and sexual identity) come together to form a child's overarching identity.

Identity is fluid, not stagnant, throughout ...

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