Gender identity—identifying oneself as male or female—is a critical component of an individual’s life-span development. Misconceptions and stereotypes abound with regard to gender, and you may bring personal misconceptions and stereotypes to your work with clients.
As you read the resources this week, what concepts seem especially relevant to you as a social worker? Are you able to identify any personal misunderstandings about the formation of gender identity? What strategies might you use to apply your new understanding to social work practice?
By Day 3
Post a Discussion that includes the following:
- A new understanding you have gained in the resources about gender identity
- An explanation of how individuals’ gender identity affects their development through young and middle adulthood
- A strategy you might use to apply your understanding of gender identity development to social work practice
From the provided resources, I developed an extensive understanding of gender identity with reference to genetic and non-shared environmental factors of psychological correlates which include childhood gender typicality (CGT) and adult gender identity (AGI) (Burri, Cherkas, Spector, & Rahman, 2011). As measured through attractions and CGT, genetic factors influence female and male sexual orientation. More so, I learned that individuals’ capacities vary with reference to gender and age. Men have a higher degree of mental rotation and line angle judgment as compared to men where else women have a higher degree of fluency and object location memory than men (Maylor et al., 2007). These performances decline with age. However, heterosexuals have higher performance as compared to homosexuals and bisexuals. This knowledge will help to not only view individuals from sexual view but also genetic perspectives…..Please click the icon below to purchase full solution at $5