Encyclopedia of Public Health

2008 Edition
| Editors: Wilhelm Kirch

Acquiring Social Identity

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5614-7_18




The process of teaching an individual or a group of individuals about how to behave according to the norms and values of a group. This process may occur indirectly at a societal level through exposure to different media (e. g. books, film, television). It may also occur at the group, interpersonal level through interaction and modeling of the behavior of individuals in a person's everyday life (e. g. schoolmates, co-workers, friends, parents). It may also be achieved more directly through instructional media and teaching by persons in positions of power or authority (e. g. parents, teachers, employers).

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