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Gender identity - the awareness of their belonging to the male or female sex [5]. This concept denotes an aspect of self-consciousness of a person, describing a person's experience of himself as a representative of sex, as a carrier of specific semi-specific characteristics and behavioral characteristics correlated with the concepts of masculinity / femininity [4]. Gender identity along with ethnic, age, professional, national identity is a component of social identity of the person.

The concept of social identity describes how other people define a person on the basis of broad social categories or characteristics, such as gender, age, profession, or ethnicity [13]. These are the components of the person I, which are experienced by him at the level of awareness of belonging to any = or group [14]. Social identity is the result of the process of social identification, which is understood as the process of determining oneself through membership in a social group [1, 7]. Social identification performs important functions both at the group and at the personal level: it is through this process that society is able to include individuals in the system of social connections and relationships, and the individual realizes the basic need of group membership, which provides protection, opportunities for self-realization, evaluation by others and influence on group [10].

Gender identity is a special kind of social identity that coexists in a person’s self-consciousness in unity with ideas about professional, family, ethnic, educational and other status [11]. Gender identity is a product of social construction [11]. It begins to form from the birth of a child, when on the basis of the structure of his external genital organs his passport (civil, obstetric) gender is determined. With this, the process of gender socialization begins, during which the child is purposefully brought up in such a way as to conform to the ideas of “male” and “female” accepted in this society. It is on the basis of the existing standards in society that the child’s ideas about his own gender identity and role, his behavior, and self-esteem are formed [5].

The primary idea of ​​one's own gender is formed in a child as early as 1.5 years, and it is this concept that takes the place of the most stable and pivotal component of self-awareness. With age, gender identity develops, its volume expands and the structure becomes more complex. A two-year-old child knows his gender, but cannot yet determine the reasons for his choice. In 3-4 years, he is already able to consciously determine the gender of the people around him, but often he connects him with external, random signs; In addition, sex is considered a variable characteristic by children of a given age. The irreversibility of sex is recognized by children about 6–7 years of age, which is accompanied by increased sexual differentiation of behavior and attitudes.
The next most important stage in the formation of gender identity is adolescence. Adolescent gender identity is becoming a central component of identity. The gender identity of an adult is a complex-structured education, including, in addition to the awareness of one’s own gender, sexual orientation, “sexual scenarios,” gender stereotypes and gender preferences [5].

The following components can be distinguished in the structure of gender identity:

• cognitive (cognitive) - awareness of belonging to a particular sex and describing oneself using the categories of masculinity / femininity;

• affective (evaluative) - assessment of psychological traits and features of role-based behavior based on their correlation with masculinity / feminine reference models;

• conative (behavioral) - self-presentation of oneself as a representative of the gender group, as well as ways to resolve identity crises based on choices of behaviors in accordance with personally significant goals and values ​​[4].

In modern psychology, great attention is paid to the phenomenon of the crisis of gender identity, which means the impossibility of achieving internal consistency, self-actualization and external confirmation of gender identity. The gender identity crisis includes misalignment of the internal components of gender identity (gender representations, gender self-esteem and gender plans, ways and structures of behavior), as well as mismatch of the internal components of gender identity with external gender spaces that include gender stereotypes and standards, gender corporality and gender roles [6].

As research results show, a constructive resolution of the crisis of gender identity is the most important factor in preserving the psychological well-being of the individual. In particular, according to J. Cohen (Y. Cohen) [12], intrapersonal conflicts associated with the formation of gender identity are a risk factor for suicidal behavior in adolescents.

Purpose of the lesson

Expand students' understanding of the concept of gender identity, its structure and patterns of development.


1. Chalkboard with chalk or drawing paper with markers.

2. Cards for the "Terminology workout" (see annex).

Operating procedure

During the practical training, students are invited to perform a number of tasks aimed at achieving the goal of the lesson. All assignments involve work in small groups or dyads. The work takes place in several stages.

Stage 1. Terminology workout.

Stage 2. Drawing up “block = schemes” from the basic concepts related to the topic “Gender Identity”.

Stage 3. Performing the exercise “Gender autobiography”.
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