Gender in Adolescence: Applying a Person-in-Context Approach to Gender Identity and Roles

  • Katherine H. Clemans
  • Laura M. DeRose
  • Julia A. Graber
  • Jeanne Brooks-Gunn

When we speak of adolescent gender development, we are referring to the numerous biological, psychological, and social processes that occur during adolescence and that contribute to a person’s understanding of being male or female within a larger social world; that is, the focus in this developmental period is on the construction of gender identity and gender roles (O’Sullivan, Graber, & Brooks-Gunn, 2001). Gender identity refers to the endorsement of a particular gender as a part of one’s sense of self (i.e., who a person is as a unique individual). In particular, the self develops based on the interaction of the individual with the larger social world, including culture and historical period, which defines the attitudes, behaviors, and experiences appropriate for girls or boys. Hence, gender roles reflect an individual’s understanding of these larger sociocultural concepts. Individuals choose to adopt certain behaviors based on their endorsement or integration of those roles into...


Romantic Relationship Gender Identity Body Dissatisfaction Pubertal Timing Gender Typicality 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katherine H. Clemans
    • 1
  • Laura M. DeRose
    • 2
  • Julia A. Graber
    • 1
  • Jeanne Brooks-Gunn
    • 3
  1. 1.University of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  2. 2.Adelphi UniversityGarden CityUSA
  3. 3.Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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