to Kornienko, O., Santos, C. E.,
Martin, C. L., & Granger, K. L. (2016),
adolescence, gender identity (GI) develops through a dialectic process of
personal reflection and with input from the social environment.” In other
words, the recognition of gender identity is a result of innate, social and
environment factors. Peers and mass media can influence an adolescent’s idea of
gender identity. Adolescents are constantly looking for acceptance from their
peers, and want to imitate what they see in the media. Adolescents often say things like, “I am the
way I am because I was born this way.” environmental factors influence adolescents’
gender identity because parents teach their children to behave in certain ways.
As a result, children imitate and eventually embody the behavior of their parents’
gender-stereotyped roles. As an adolescent matures, they reflect on their
gender identity and how they perceive themselves. In comparison to younger
children, adolescents voice how they cannot help what their preferences,
interests, and behaviors are.