SCH 33. 1.2
Describe the Potential effects of discrimination
Discrimination of any kind on any person, but in this case a child or young person has a negative effect not only on them but also their family. It prevents children and young people from developing their self esteem, confidence and personal belief in themselves and community. The effects of discrimination in a child or young person may also have a permanent negative impact that may last into adult hood. The main effects of children or young people being discriminated against are: 1. Children/young people may not be able to reach their full potential or goals in life. They may feel undervalued and unrecognised by others including their peers and older people 2. They may find it hard to form relationships as a result of low self esteem and self worth 3. They may act or behave as others would expect them to behave especially if they have beeb labelled or stereotyped. They actually believe they should follow this stereotype as a way of fitting in with others. 4. The child may begin to feel some shame in their own culture or personal beliefs if they are being discriminated against 5. As a result of feeling shameful, the child will lack confidence in trying new activities especially if their attempts have been or are being ridiculed 6. They can also begin to feel some blame for the way that they are being treated and may rebel or behave aggressively towards others as a result. This inturn also prevents the child or young person building good lasting friendships and prevents them from interacting effectively with their peers.
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