ACT for Youth - Adolescence - Adolescent Identity Development
The development of a strong and stable sense of self is widely considered to be one of the central tasks of adolescence . Despite the fact that identity development occurs throughout one's lifetime, adolescence is the first time that individuals begin to think about how our identity may affect our lives . During adolescence, we are much more self-conscious about our changing identities than at any other stage in our lives . Visit Toolkit: Identity Development for resources. Learn more about Adolescent Development. What is Identity? Identity refers to our sense of who we are as individuals and as members of social groups. Identity is dynamic and complex, and changes over time. Self-Identity and Social Identity Self-identity refers to how we define ourselves. Dimensions of Identity Many dimensions of our identity intersect to form our sense of self and cannot be separated from one another. Let's look at an example of how social context may influence one's internal sense of identity.
Related: Adolescents' identities and sociocultural factors
• Adolescent Identities
• adolescent identities
• Sociocultural Identity Construction