●It is about establishing ‘who we are’.
●It is a developmental task that makes us
independent and achieve a feeling of belongingness
●Identity can be shaped by family, peers, location,
sporting clubs etc.
As a class list as many adolescent stereotypes
●Can be viewed as ‘rebellious’
●Change different aspects about themselves
- Clothing, Hair, Friends, Music etc.
●Responsible to an extent
●Maturation process: process of physiological
●Developing self concept and self esteem
Self Concept & Self-esteem
●Self Concept: a person’s belief about themselves
oReflected by ones self esteem, refers to how a person
will judge themselves ‘I am athletic’ or ‘I am lazy’
●Self-esteem: how a person feels about themselves
oImproving self esteem can be achieved by positive
self talk, thinking positive, accepting no one is perfect,
thinking about the good things in life etc.
Rites of Passage
●Events that mark the transition from one stage of the
lifespan to the next.
o17 years of age: Debutante Ball
o18 years of age: P-plates
oEnd of secondary school: ‘Schoolies’
o21 years of age: Celebrate your 21st ‘Key to the
oBar Mitzvah: Jewish, coming of age ceremony
Influences on Identity
●In groups or pairs
●Discuss and record what influences a specific group
will have on a young person.
Then share with the class
Describe Your Own Identity
●Wiki link to profile