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Psychological Science and Education

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 1814-2052

ISSN (online): 2311-7273

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/pse

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

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Formation of modern youngsters’ gender identity 1658

Stepanova L.G.
Fellow, Chair of Social Psychology of Development, Department of Social Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education; Senior Lecturer, Chair of Applied Psychology, Department of Psychology, M. Tanka Belarusian State Pedagogical University, Moscow, Russia
e-mail: stepanova_lg@yahoo.com

Abstract
The article discusses gender identity from the viewpoint of social constructivism, as a derivative of social constructing, and as one of key factors mediating behavioral activity and personal attitudes within the context of interpersonal relationships. There are reviewed findings of the empirical study at students aged 18 to 22. It was revealed that the mix of masculine and feminine characteristics, their combination in integral system of gender identity regardless of sex attribute, is more well-balanced and fitted into contemporary life conditions than rigid sex typing. Besides, it was also found out that those youngsters, who lack apparent masculine or feminine characteristics, have no gender identity, and that breeds denial of social self-realization and feeling of dissatisfaction with oneself.

Keywords: social constructivism, gender, gender identity, masculinity, femininity, androgyny, personal identity

Column: Developmental Psychology

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