Influences that affect the development of children and young people
A child’s development can be affected both positively and negatively in many different ways, three of the ways are their background or family structure, their health, and their background. Background and family structure:
There are many different types of family structure and depending on which structure the child is involved in will affect their development in various ways. For example, the ‘nuclear family’ is classed as a ‘normal’ family. This usually consists of two parents, married and living together and children with the parents being the primary carers. If the child has older brothers and sisters then they will most likely have a lot of people as role models and rely on. If they an older sibling then they will grasp the concept of responsibility and ability to share and sacrifice much earlier in life than an only child or younger sibling. On the other hand, a child may belong to a lone-parent household, this could be for a number of reasons; maybe one parent has died, parents have separated or a teenage pregnancy. Unlike the nuclear family structure where the child will get abundant amounts of support, the child may not get enough attention as the parent will have to work extra hard to support the two of them or for some other reason, this may affect their behaviour and may feel very unstable. Another thing that plays a big part in a child’s development, either positive or negative, is parental interactions. If a parent spends lots of time playing and teaching their children can have a positive impact on their communicational and intellectual development and also their emotional and behavioural development. However, if a parent was to ignore or neglect their child then it will have a negative affect and may hinder their development, health wise which will affect their physical development and lack of play and interaction will have a greatly negative affect on their communication,...
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