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identity crisis

[ī′den·ə‚dē ‚krī·səs]
(psychology)
The critical period in emotional maturation and personality development, occurring usually during adolescence, which involves the reworking and abandonment of childhood identifications and the integration of new personal and social identifications.
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None of the artificial identity crises of the West were known.
In 1999 the AFN in 1999 passed two resolutions condemning the adoption of "First Nation children by non-First Nation families" as "a form of genocide." The resolutions says that many of the children "who were deported" from reserves face cultural identity crises, and are subjected to abuse, neglect and discrimination.
Symone is, of course, a tragic, bisexual mulatto, who faces all of the usual identity crises and ghetto tragedies at every turn.