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Purpose in Adolescence
In this article, the authors present evidence that having a sense of purpose can help adolescents successfully navigate challenges.

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Toolkit: Identity Development

Identity DevelopmentIdentity development is a central task of adolescent development. Who am I? How do I fit in? What is my role? These are all key questions adolescents are asking themselves. Important dimensions of identity formation include race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation.

Adolescent Identity Development

Narrated Presentation: In this presentation, you will learn to: define identity, identify the stages in adolescent identity development, distinguish between self-identity and social identity, and recognize the importance of identity development for youth. ACT for Youth Center of Excellence.

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"Who Am I?" -- Identity Formation in Adolescence

Written by Rachel Sumner of Cornell University, this handout provides a brief overview of adolescent identity development. ACT for Youth Center of Excellence.

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Identity Formation in Adolescence

This article reviews identity formation during adolescence, presenting both theory and research. ACT for Youth Center of Excellence.

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Ethnic and Racial Identity Development

Adolescent Ethnic and Racial Identity Development

In this presentation you will learn to: define ethnic and racial identity, identify the stages in racial and ethnic identity development, and recognize the importance of racial and ethnic identity development for youth. ACT for Youth Center of Excellence.

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Task Force Report on Resilience in African American Children and Adolescents

In this report, the Task Force on Resilience and Strength in Black Children and Adolescents explores resilience in African American youth. The task force offers a vision of optimal youth development in the contexts of peers, families, schools, and communities. The report presents recommendations to the field on how to transform its approach to African American children and youth. American Psychological Association.

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Between Two Worlds: How Young Latinos Come of Age in America

This report looks at how well young Latinos are doing in their transition to adulthood. Comparing newly immigrated youth with native-born youth, the report investigates educational attainment as well as social, civic, and economic well-being. Pew Research Hispanic Center.

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The Future of Children: Immigrant Children

This 2011 publication takes a close look at the past and current situation of immigrant children and adolescents. It investigates how they live, learn, and handle specific challenges they are facing. Articles can be downloaded separately.

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Gender and Sexual Orientation

About Boys

On this page, we discuss the pressures on boys with respect to masculinity and sex, and provide resources for those who work with boys.

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The Boy Code

Elizabeth Schroeder from Answer, Rutgers University, discusses the unwritten rules governing boys' lives, as well as implications for program planning. ACT for Youth Center of Excellence.

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A New Look at Adolescent Girls

The American Psychological Association worked with psychologists across the country to take a new look at the research regarding adolescent girls, including current social and environmental challenges and resiliency. Excerpts of the 2001 book "Beyond Appearance: A New Look at Adolescent Girls" are available as a report on this web site. American Psychological Association.

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Tavi Gevinson: A Teen Just Trying to Figure It Out

Tavi Gevinson, then a 15-year-old girl, gave this talk in 2012. Searching for strong, female, teenage role models to help her answer her own questions about life and her future, she ventured into developing a web space to connect adolescent girls with each other. Ted Talk.

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Growing Up Transgender, Part 1

Part 1 of this two-part series introduces research and theory on transgender identity formation. ACT for Youth Center of Excellence.

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Growing Up Transgender, Part 2

Part 2 of this two-part series provides an introduction to the pressures transgender youth face each day, and suggests ways to create environments that encourage resilience for trans youth. ACT for Youth Center of Excellence.

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Understanding the OBI: Sexual Orientation, Behavior, and Identity

Elizabeth Schroeder, executive director of Answer, explores the multi-dimensional nature of sexual orientation, behavior, and identity in this narrated presentation. ACT for Youth Center of Excellence.

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Growing Up LGBT in America

This report presents the challenges faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth, and also describes LGBT teens' strengths and safe havens. Human Rights Campaign.

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