We will now focus in more detail on the societal and community factors that impact on a young person's development.
- Biological and physiological changes
- Economic and political circumstances
- Cultural, ethnic and community circumstances
- Family as well as peer and school factors (Carson, et al. 2000) all affect young people's development.
Brainstorm activityQuestion - What are some of the factors that may hinder or enhance a young person's development? Relate this exercise back to Topic 2 where you had to recollect your adolescence and think about how some of these factors influenced your development.
Answer - Some possible answers include:
- Social expectations, values, moral, ideals and norms
- Beliefs, religious, political
- Peer group pressure, discrimination, bullying
- Societal pressures to conform to the norm
- Cultural and linguistic differences
- Class differences, income, education and opportunities
- Family support or lack of such support
- Family problems or issues surrounding drug use
- Family issues, domestic violence
- Family influences in relation to culture and race being different to peers.