Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Role Commitment

West Stevens Joyce

in Smart and Sassy

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195121643
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865383 | DOI:
Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Role Commitment

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This chapter spells out the first of seven developmental domains in the adolescent trajectory to maturation. The maturational task of the Race, Ethnic, and Gender Role Commitment domain is to commit to a racial, ethnic, and gender social identity with minimal ambivalence and anxiety for a cohesive and coherent self-presentation. Singularly, this particular domain is thought to be critical in its effect on all other domains for adaptive or maladaptive social outcomes. This domain as others in subsequent chapters is systematically analyzed relative to the impingement of pertinent social ecologies such as the family, peers, school, and neighborhood.

Keywords: social ecologies; social identity; ethnicity; self-presentation; social competence; self-efficacy

Chapter.  15333 words. 

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