ASense of Identity
ASense of Identity
Lifegrowth and development has stages, and everyone has to pass through. Adolescence stage is a common and provides a transition betweenchildhood and adulthood. It is a complicated stage where someadolescents struggle in defining their sense of identity. They failexpress ‘who they are.` This is prompted by confusion, unknownfuture, physical changes, environmental influence and lack ofconfidence. It is important to guide teenagers because they arevulnerable and can be influenced by surrounding factors. Thus, ifprudent guidance is not availed, they will struggle to cope up withsuch development challenges. There is direct correlation betweenteenager’s development and the environment that one is brought up. Therefore, it is important to ensure that environment shapes goodcharacters and defines identity among teenagers (Dai, Williams, &McGregor, 2016).
Someteenagers may develop a strong sense of identity, but a number haveto be guided. It is attributed to the difference in one’s abilityto define a future and develop outlines to follow. Several teenagersrequire close assistance in social, emotional and physical challengesat their growth stage. For example, teenagers may fail to know theneed for schooling and grades, not knowing that it may jeopardizetheir future. Thus, teachers or parents have to encourage them so asto enhance positivity in school. Relevant examples can be citedreference, highlighting people who have scaled up in education andventured into lucrative careers. This will instill hope and the needto work hard in life so as to achieve greater heights.
Socialcoherence among teenagers is challenging in any set up. Everyteenager is brought up in a different environment, which mayinfluence one’s behavior based on what they see or at hand. Forexample, teenage students from well-off families may underrate lessprivileged colleagues due to social status. It is often associatedwith bullying and may undermine teenagers from low-income familiesFattore, Mason, & Watson, 2017). This is traumatizing andeventually, it can lead to stigma if they are not brought up togetherto embrace diversity. They need to be taught how to coexist togetherin harmony. Any wrong peer influence and behaviors that seem to skewtowards the wrong direction can be corrected by parents or teachersso as to develop an exceptional sense of identity. This will alsoprepare teenagers to focus on what is right thus, translating intoadulthood with an exemplary sense of identity to reckon.
Dai,Q., Williams, J., & McGregor, E. (2016). Who Am I? The DevelopingSelf-Concept of Scottish-Born Chinese Children: Identity,16(4), 239-249.
Fattore,T., Mason, J., & Watson, E. (2017). Self, Identity andWell-Being. InChildren’s Understandings of Well-being (1sted.). Haarlem, Netherlands: Springer Publishers.