Social Cognitive Theory Of Gender Identity Development Essay

1267 Words Nov 16th, 2016 6 Pages
Analysis of the Development of my Social Identities: Social-Cognitive Theory of Gender Identity Development and European American Identity/White Ethnic Identity
Introduction
In reflecting on the theories represented in our text in regard to social identity development, I feel that the two theories that I found the most intriguing in relation to my own development were the Social-Cognitive Theory of Gender Identity Development and the Ethnic Identity Development section titled “European American Identity/White Ethnic Identity” (Patton, Evans, Forney, Guido, & Quaye, 2016, p. 149). For both theories, I will provide an overview and also present how they related to my own development of these identities.
Social-Cognitive Theory of Gender Identity Development
Theory
Bussey and Bandura (1999) state that the development of gender identity involves three components which include the personal, environmental and behavioral. Personal components are describes as including “biological characteristics, self-concept, self-perception and regulation” (Patton et al., 2016, p. 183). Environmental components are describes as including “families, peers, educational settings, media and digital contexts” (Patton et al., 2016, p. 183). Lastly, behavioral components are described as including “gender-related acitivity patterns” (Patton et al., 2016, p. 183). What is important about these three components is how they interact with each other. Essentially, when students present themselves in…

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