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Adolescence, the transition period from childhood to adulthood, is a time for youth to gain independence and establish a secure identity. Progression occurs through cognitive, psychosocial, and emotional maturation, including advanced reasoning and abstract thinking, identity formation, and self-regulation. Adolescents may formulate multiple social identities (eg, racial, ethnic, sexual, and gender) during adolescence. This confluence of identities is known as intersectionality. Understanding the components of intersecting identities (eg, racial centrality, religiosity and spirituality, and social support) can offer protection, foster resilience, and, sometimes, buffer the adverse effects existing within multiple marginalized identities.

Keywords: intersectionality, gender, minority stress

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