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Describe the potential influences of 5 life factors on the development of individuals

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P2-Describe the potential influences of 5 life factors on the development of individuals When a person is developing there are many different factors in which can affect the way that a person acts and develops. When a person is going through their different stages of development, factors that are around them can determine the way they are. In this assignment I have been asked to talk about 5 factors that play a part in an individual's development. The first factor I am going to be talking about is family. A family is a social group of people who are related genetically or by marriage. Families have a huge impact on the way that individuals develop. The most important function of a family is to provide for a person's needs. These needs include food, water, warmth, shelter, love and companionship, clothing, etc. If these needs aren't met, the person could end up seriously ill or they could grow up with behavioural problems, such as ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder). This shows that a person's development is quite dependant on the way their family treats them and the way that they are brought up. Our first emotional attachment and relationship are formed through a family, for example, breast feeding helps to form a bond between a mother and her newborn baby. ...read more.


Those on low incomes are more likely to be living in poor housing conditions experiencing overcrowding, poor washing and cooking facilities, damp and disrepair. Children who live in damp houses are known to have higher than usual rates of respiratory conditions like asthma. Older properties are often less well insulated than modern flats and houses, therefore this means that individuals on lower income might receive higher heating bills than people in more insulated homes. (B.Stretch, M.Whitehouse, 2007) A home is meant to be a place in which babies can develop into young adults. The home environment affects all aspects of a child's development such as; the development of the body, their social skills, their ability to control their feelings, their development of the mind, and their speaking skills Different stages of a child's development are encouraged when the home provides the facilities and opportunities which include; * A place which the child can call his or her own- which can normally be in form of a room, where the child can have a place when they need some time to them self * Praise and encouragement- this helps the child to carry on developing different skills, such as reading or drawing. * Opportunities for parent or guardian and child to play or read together- this forms a bond between the child and parent/guardian and also the child's listening and understanding skills can develop. ...read more.


Problems in accessing these services, such as GPs are reflected in the fact that urban residents with a car and telephone use their GP, three times more than remote rural residents who don't have a car or phone. Evidence for this can be found on the National Statistics (2006) which reports that 11% of households without access to car said they had difficulty in seeing their local GP, compared with only 4% of people with cars. Also people without home access to the internet will have limited access to services such as NHS Direct. Not having access to health and social care can affect an individual's development in quite a few ways. People living in deprived areas are more prone to infections, such as measles, chicken pox, rubella and mumps because they haven't been given the right vaccinations to protect them. Also if there were no health and social care services in the area, there would be no support for disabled people and also those who are sight and hearing impaired, which could affect the way they go about their everyday life. Also there would be nowhere for advice to given out to those who seek it, for example if a teenager, from a deprived area wanted advice on how to give up smoking or drinking, he/she wouldn't have anywhere to ask for help if they didn't have access to a health centre or they didn't have access to the internet for online information. (B.Stretch, 2007). ...read more.

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