CYAF 160, Paper One
There are many different aspects that influence and shape human development. One major factor that influences personal development is the social environment. A lot of people don’t realize how many different aspects go into shaping how a person develops while growing up. According to Urie Bronfenbrenner, there are 5 main systems that influence human development: the microsystem, mesosystem, exosystem, macrosystem and chronosystem. One system that influences the person directly is the microsystem. According to Arnett (2011), “The microsystem is Bronfenbrenner’s term for the immediate environment, the settings where people experience their daily lives ” (p.23). The microsystem includes: family, school, peers, neighborhood, church group and health services. My family has one of the largest impacts on my development. When I was six years old, my parents got a divorce. Even though I was only six, it profoundly affected me, even to this day. While growing up, it took an emotional toll on me, from not being able to celebrate holidays together, to switching from house to house on the weekends. My dad moved on very fast and remarried when I was 8 years old; to this day I resent my stepmother for that very reason, therefore, becoming much closer to my mother. My mom is a very independent person and has never relied on a guy for anything. I look up to her for everything, and since she is my role model, I am now a very independent person by not relying on other people, being able to get stuff done on my own and being strong in difficult situations. The peers I grew up with also had a vast impact on my life and decisions. When I was in elementary school, some of the boys would make fun of my nose by sticking pencils at the end of their nose and saying it looked like mine. I would cry myself to sleep and started to hate my nose. When I was in junior high, I still got negative comments regarding my nose. I became embarrassed to meet new people, thinking...
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