I wonder if this sentence is correct:
"her family constituted a point of reference (or reference point?) for her identity". What I want to say is that she knew who she was, because her parents use to give her a clear perception of herself, of her origins and meaning as a child. Is it clear?
I am not a native speaker (nor a teacher), and for me it wouldn't be clear. Reading your own explanation, it was easy to follow your thoughts and understand what you mean. How ab out: She has a clear perception of herself because her parents...