Essay about Influences That Affect Child and Young Peoples Development

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Children will come from a diverse range of backgrounds including family environments cultures and circumstances. A child is at school from a very young age to late teens and during this time many families will go through significant changes. Sometimes however schools may not always be aware of these changes. Any one of these happenings may affect their emotional and or intellectual development, this in turn can affect their behaviour in school and therefore their ability to learn. Sometimes it can also affect their physical development, for example some children may development a speech impediment such as a stutter.


Cultural differences
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If a child has shy, introvert parents who themselves may not be comfortable in social situations the child is more likely to be shy with limited social exposure and experiences.
A child with extrovert parents is more likely to be outgoing and at ease with new people and experiences.
Different parenting styles
Different parenting styles can play a big part on influencing a child's development. 'Authoritative' parents expect good behaviour from their children and guide them rather than being forceful and typically children are self confident and socially adept. 'Authoritarian' parents are often rigid and controlling and place high demands on their children without room for discussions or regards to their child's feelings. This can result in children who my be fearful, anxious, frustrated or withdrawn.
'Permissive' parents allow their children to decide for themselves appropriate behaviour and are extremely lenient, resulting in their children having poor control over their emotions and they may have difficulty with relationships with others.
'Neglectful' parents place the welfare of their children as a low priority, resulting in their children being emotionally immature and their children may engage in antisocial behaviour.


Being ill or having a chronic medical condition can affect

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