Early Life Experience and Potential Essay

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Assessment Task 1 – Promoting child & adolescent health outcomes in Australia.

Select one priority direction from the list:
Improving the social and emotion wellbeing of young Australians.

Written By Danielle Jones
Student ID: 210609
Unit Code: 530
Unit Name: Bachelor of Health
Unit Coordinator: Lindsay Smith
Due Date: 16th April 2014

Improving the social and emotional wellbeing of young Australians.
Children and young people’s wellbeing has become a somewhat ubiquitous, complex and politically imbued field (Ereaut & Whiting, 2008; Fattore, Mason & Watson, 2007; Noble, 2008; Rose & Rowland, 2010), with social and emotional wellbeing variously described in terms of mental health, resilience, psychosocial
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These two views have given rise to different research and knowledge interests that are in some ways divergent, and in others complementary. Nevertheless, both views broadly incorporate notions of a person’s good, benefit, advantage, interest, prudential value, welfare, happiness, flourishing, utility, quality of life and thriving (Camfield, Streuli & Woodhead, 2009). Despite this, however, philosophers, psychologists, economists and others who try to think systematically about wellbeing tend to use these terms to denote one simple notion rather than a multiplicity of related ones (Angner, 2007, p.3) which makes wellbeing less useful as an analytical concept. Camfield, Streuli and Woodhead (2009) cite the work of White (2008) in providing a useful framework for encompassing the diversity of wellbeing concepts. This framework distinguishes between notions of having a good life (material welfare and standards of living), living a good life (values and ideals), and locating one’s life (experience and subjectively).
Bradshaw, Hoelscher and Richardson (2007, p.135) put it this way; wellbeing can be defined as the realisation of children’s rights and the fulfilness of the opportunity for every child to be all she or he can be in the light of a child’s abilities, potential and skills. The degree to which this is achieved can be measured in terms of

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