Identity Development

Nobel Conference 58 | Resources

Every one of us has an identity. Some identities we are born with and remain permanent, others emerge and evolve with time. Adolescence and young adulthood are periods of intense identity exploration. Because of the vulnerable nature of this period in their lives, young people are exposed to greater risks for mental health concerns. 

  • Teens and Gender In this NPR interview, Nobel speaker Dr. Nic Rider discusses the increase in U.S. teens identifying as gender nonconforming and transgender and its implications.
  • Understanding Gender, Sex, and Gender Identity Exploring one’s gender expression is an increasingly common part of young adulthood and something that is often linked to mental health. This article from Psychology Today helps explain terminologies and clarify common myths in this regard.
  • Peer Relationships This educational article provided by Lumen Learning explains the distinct nature of peer relationships during adolescence. Understanding more about social development in young people helps us understand why identity and social standing are determinants of mental wellbeing.
  • Social Influence in Adolescent Decision Making This academic article explains the extent to which adolescent peers influence each other.