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 how adolescents
perceive themselves. Peers and mass media can influence an adolescent’s idea of
gender identity because they are constantly looking for acceptance from their
peers, and they 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 how they
choose to identify themselves. In comparison to younger children, adolescents voice
how they cannot help what their preferences, interests, and behaviors are.