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P2 Describe the potential influences of 5 life factors on the development of individuals. For this assignment, I will prepare a PowerPoint on one of the Life factors to share with the class. We will be looking at five main factors that influence the individual development. From the note taken in class, I will then write a report by describing each of the four life factors. As an individual, there are many life factors that influence our development. These life factors are: * Genetic factors * Environmental factors * Socio-economic factors * Life style The general topic that is related to these life factors are nature and nurture. We can be genetically and environmentally influenced. Genetic factors and biological influences before birth Every individual has a gene, which is the basic unit of heredity. We all depend on genes. It holds the information to build and maintain an organism's cells and also passes genetic traits making a new person. Genetic is passed on to us from our parents. For example, nature could be eyes colour, hair, and IQ. Even though, half of our gene comes from our mother and half from our father, still our genetic patterns can be different from our parents. However, regardless of any serious genetic conditions being incurable can be maintained in order to live a healthy. ...read more.


Socio-economic influences Media- The media have a great effect on the society and in our life development. We sometimes try to apply these concepts to our everyday life. As an individual; we are seriously influenced by information and opinions which are communicated by the media. For example, newspaper, radio, TV, adverts, internet, magazines and posters. Our life time choices such as choosing a healthy diet may be influenced by opinions and information in the media. Culture and beliefs- our culture consist with collection of values, beliefs, customs and behaviours that might make one group of people different from others. As children we learn from the customs associated with our family's culture during childhood. During the late centuries, children tend to learn the culture, which is associated with their local community for example, every particular state, street or village might share similar beliefs and values about religion, work and social roles. However, due to the fact that nowadays we live in a multicultural society where, people who live in the same area may belong to various different cultures. Lifestyle Our lifestyle choices can sometimes influence our development in positive or negative way. It can be limited by the money that we have and influenced by our culture and the people in our life. For example, people on low income have limited choice in life. ...read more.


One in three young men and one in five young women reported that they had used cannabis. * Smoking Smoking is one of the serious risk to health because is results with health conditions such as heart and lung diseases. Most people in manual occupations smoke than in high in the higher social class. The reasons for them smoking could be stress related problems at work. However, an individual in a higher social class might smoke more than an individual in a low social class due to the fact that they can afford to smoke more. Reciprocal influence In 1986 Leonie Sugarman argued about the theory of 'reciprocal influence'. Which mean it 'goes both ways'. Both biology and environment influence us, however we also influence our biology and the environment. As human beings we are created to respond to the environment that we find ourselves in. For example, an individual may respond to the stress of poverty and overcrowded housing by getting into the habit of smoking, drinking and taking drugs, which may affect damage their physical health. The outcome of being ill will then result problems of low income and negative life events. Therefore we need to understand how factors interact with each other and as an individual the choices that we make also interact with life factors. We can influence our own environment and even our own biology. ?? ?? ?? ?? Development Through the Vanessa Addo Life Stages (Unit 4) 3 BTEC National Diploma in Health and Social Care ...read more.

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This is a good essay that discusses factors that affect development. It lacks a little in depth and often states factors rather than describing them and the impact they could have on health.

The main factors are included but the work could be greatly enhanced by explaining how they actually affect health and well being.


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