AT LEAST 200 WORDS EACH RESPONSE, AT LEAST 1 REFERENCE EACH RESPONSE, NO PLAGIARISM, AND DO NOT JUST SAY “I AGREE”
Gender identity plays a key role in the development of an individual from being a young person to middle adulthood. In addition, it is an internal feeling or sense of being either male or female. Some people, however, do not identify with any of the two genders. Tags of gender identity are; the man, woman, cisgender, third gender, transgender and non-binary. Forcing one into an identity he/she does not relate to is risky as it may result in dysphoria. Many theories have been discovered in the attempt to explain the formation of gender in terms of how and when the formation occurs. According to Money (2014), children might have awareness of their gender, starting from 18 months to 2 years. It is at the age of three that the children can, therefore, make sound assertions about their gender even though they do not comprehend the meanings of gender. For instance, girls were known to exhibit feminine characteristics like playing with dolls and doing paintings while boys were expected to exhibit masculine behaviors like using tools. However, this are today said to be the gender stereotypes; girls are becoming more active and aggressive than boys due to the current changes. Refinement of gender identity extends to the age of 6 years up to the young adulthood.
The process of disclosing gender identity and “coming out” to others is a complex one that involves a series of developmental stages (Bockting & Coleman, 2007). As a social worker, I believe that it is my job to serve my clients with a commitment to the quality of services provided to them, regardless of the population I am serving, from the perspective of professional competence; it is important to exercise our Social Service duties without discrimination, for reasons of social class, gender, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, age and physical condition. The knowledge of gender identity and formation can be used in social work practice to help prevent workplace violence among workers due to misunderstanding of each others behavior. I would, therefore, educate workers about gender identification so that each worker can be able to understand and appreciate each other and the role each plays in the work site.
Bockting, W.and Coleman, E. 2007. “Developmental stages of the transgender coming out process: Toward an integrated identity”. In Principles of transgender medicine and surgery, Edited by: Ettner, R., Monstrey, S. and Eyler, E. 185–208. New York: Haworth Press.
Money, John (1994). “The concept of gender identity disorder in childhood and adolescence after 39 years”. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy. 20 (3): 163–77.
During the past couple decades media has been speaking more on gender identity, exposing those who feel or live differently than societal standards of gender. Additionally, there has been an incline in the number of people who are now openly sharing what gender they identify with and their sexuality. According to Pleak (2009), the concepts of gender identity are not new and date back to the oldest records in history, however the terms used in recent time to describe gender identity differences are new. There are a range of terms used to descried gender identity, some of the most popular being lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, and queer (LBGTQ). Also, I learned that most transgender adults have had transgender thoughts or experiences that stem from their childhood (Pleak, 2009). Erik Erikson proposed a theory which contains components indicating that identity formation is a process of self-discovery and exploration (Rosario, Schrimshaw, & Hunter, 2011). Throughout young and middle adulthood, experiences and patterns are developed shaping one’s identity. Rosario, Schrimshaw, and Hunter (2011) go on to explain how these patterns of identity development influence the psychological adjustment, causing symptoms such as stress, feelings of rejection, and victimization.
As a social worker, I believe that building a therapeutic relationship with the client is key for any situation to promote the client being as open about their experiences, how they view themselves, and the world around them. When applying social work strategy, staying committed to the Code of Ethics by providing nonjudgmental and supportive services. Having an understanding that the LBGTQ population is one that is oppresses cause for social workers to encourage social justice and advocate for social change.
Rosario, M., Schrimshaw, E. W., & Hunter, J. (2011). Different Patterns of Sexual Identity Development over Time: Implications for the Psychological Adjustment of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Youths. Journal of Sex Research, 48(1), 3-15. doi:10.1080/00224490903331067