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Gender Identity In Accordance with Erikson's Theory

    Erikson theorized that people go through 8 stages of developement in life, overcoming certain crises to gain virtues. During Adolescence, discovering one's gender identity is highly crucial to development, and usually occurs during Erikson's Identity vs. Role Confusion stage. Knowing whether to identify as male or female determines the type of roles and activities that one participates in as well as future places in society. Parents can sometimes lack understanding when their ideal version of gender is not met by their teen. This can lead to problems with communication and openness. Society states the norms for what roles males and females have, but it is perfectly normal if a teen does not fit into these norms. 
    Parents should understand the topic in order to understand their teen. Below is a site that will provide helpful information. Adolescence is a time of finding out about oneself, about attraction, and about life choices. Gender is highly important to develop social roles and relationship roles. If one becomes confused, problems may arise, such as failing the next stage of Erikson's theory, intimacy vs. isolation. Parents need to discuss gender identity with their teen, determine if they are struggling with it or are deviated from the norm, and provide support and love to show them that it is normal to not follow the norms. When parents become accepting, teens can have a safe haven, since the rest of society may not be as supportive. 




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