2019, VOL. 5 ISSUE 2, PART H
Gender disparity still exists in India. Being born as women in the Indian society one has to face gender discrimination at all levels. At the household level females are confined to the bounds of their household chores, raising children and looking after families, irrespective of her education degrees or her job profile.
The impact of perceived familial gender discrimination can be significant during early adolescence, as this is a critical period for the development of ethnic identity and gender intensification.
What the woman will experience at the age of 21 years of age does not obviously begin then, but at the time of her birth and even prior to that - as foetus.
Gender discrimination and inferior status combine to cause the most suffering to the victims, both quantitatively and qualitatively; although this suffering may often go unnoticed and unrecognized.
Thus, we see that the girls, on the one hand are asked to walk according to the changing circumstances by the reformists, but at the same time emphasis is laid on the practice of traditions and culture too. Therefore, she finds herself in a dilemma whether she should fight against gender discrimination or follow the culture that practice discrimination. Thus in this age of storm and stress, these dilemmas cause a change in her adjustment level.
These findings suggest that parents’ cultural orientations and values related to gender can serve as protective and vulnerability factors in the associations between adolescents’ perceived discrimination and their adjustment.