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The Identity Formation of Your TeenBeth Boardley February 22, 2014What is Identity Formation?The process in which adolescence develop a sense of self“This is done by “trying on” different roles in various settings, such as home, school, and other social settings. In this process young people explore their own values, ethics, spirituality, racial and ethnic identity, sexuality, and gender” (Public Broadcasting Service, 2009)Rites of Passages- What is it? Why it is Important?Ceremonies that mark important transitional periods in a person's life, such as birth, puberty, marriage, having children, and death. Rites of passage usually involve ritual activities and teachings designed to strip individuals of their original roles and prepare them for new roles. (Dictionary.com)Marks the transition from adolescence into adulthood. Establishes the growing up of one’s self and the feelings of maturity and independenceRites of Passages from Around the WorldAfricaoRites of Passages vary throughout AfricaoGenerally take place between ages 12-16oCommonly referred to initiation oFour stages: Separation from tribe, Preparations and Education, Act signaling transition, Rejoining the tribeThailandoChildren stop sleeping with their mothersoMales lives as Buddhist Novices for at least a full rainy season oRite of passage for males is to be ordained as a monkoFemales study female roles with their mothers-some go off to be nunsAmericaoTurning 16 oObtaining a driver’s license
oGraduation from high schooloTurning 18 years of age is also considered a rite of passage for some AmericansComparing and Contrasting Rites of PassageSimilaritiesoEach represent the transition from child to adultoEach encourage independenceoEach one is celebrated by ceremonyDifferencesoAfrican and Thailand Rites of Passages occur several years earlieroAfrican Culture has harsher Rites of PassagesoAfrica and Thailand have defined Rites of Passage America does not reallyRites of Passage and Physical, Cognitive, and Socioemotional ChangesEach cultures Rites of Passage coincides with the physical, cognitive, and socioemotional changes in life. AfricaoPhysical: Body is changing and developing. Usually Rites of Passage occur at the onset of puberty. This coincides with the age of the Rites of Passage (age 12-16). Also the body