Developing A Healthy Self Identity During Adolescent Development

774 Words May 26th, 2016 4 Pages
One of the most important factors for developing a healthy self-identity during adolescent development is a strong and supportive relational system. This could include the subjective definition of “family” and what it means to be a family, which may include genetic relatives, and/or friends who are loving, give advice, and have one’s best intention in mind, like the traditional idea of family. This is a collective unit who shows patience, understanding, and does not pass judgement to a growing adolescent during a time that may be confusing and difficult, due to an intersection of active environmental, physical, and cognitive factors. I also think that it is important for parents specifically, not to impose gender expectations, including gender roles and identities, nor heteronormative biases and impositions onto their children. This is because this constrains and predetermines a child’s identity and set of characteristics, along with its attached ideas of “appropriate” behaviors, thoughts and feelings, onto an individual who may not fit this socially constructed mold. Instead of referring to a biological daughter or biological son as “she” or “him” as soon as the child is born, they should use gender neutral pronouns until the child is old enough to identify their own preferred pronoun. Not only does these imposing gender roles and a heteronormative upbringing, limit a child’s creativity and self-confidence, but these impositions can seriously affect their psychological…

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