Module 2: perspectives on working with young people: overhead transparencies

Social, community and family factors

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Slide 1 - family factors

  • Quality of parent-child relationships

  • Parenting styles and practice

  • Family structure

Slide 2 - family function/dysfunction

  • Mental health difficulties of parents

  • Neglect and/or abuse

  • Family dysfunction

Slide 3 - peer factors

  • Peers can have a major influence on adolescent behaviour in social settings, in many cases more so than their families.

  • A peer is someone who is of equal standing to a young drug user and therefore will be identified with strongly.

Slide 4 - summary

  • Young people's development is a reciprocal and dynamic interaction that occurs between the individual and their environment.

  • Individual, family, community, culture and environmental factors all interact having an impact on a young person's development.

  • Young people experience the range of social and cultural supports, pressures and expectations. They are changed by these factors as well as changing them.