ACT for Youth - Adolescence - Ethnic and Racial Identity Development
Identity development, the growth of a strong and stable sense of self across a range of identity dimensions, is central to adolescent development . While we have many types of identities (religious, cultural, and national, to name a few), ethnic and racial identities are an important part of how we see ourselves and how others see us. Ethnic and racial identities, of course, are not adopted solely by minority populations. Everyone develops a sense of ethnic and racial identity. Visit Toolkit: Identity Development for resources. Learn more about Adolescent Development. Ethnicity and Race Ethnicity and race refer to different dimensions of our identities. Ethnicity refers to the idea that one is a member of a particular cultural, national, or racial group that may share some of the following elements: culture, religion, race, language, or place of origin. Race is a social construction that refers to characteristics possessed by individuals and groups. What is Ethnic and Racial Identity?
Related: Adolescents' identities and sociocultural factors
• Multicultural Literature for Adolescents
• Multicultural Literacy