What is Social Family Environment?• The family provides and important part of our social environment especially for youths development and health.• Family can provide many resources such as shelter, food, clothing, emotional support and educational opportunities.• The family structure, parental health and disability can all be examples of determinants that affect health and development.
What is Family Cohesion?• Family cohesion refers to the closeness or bonds within a family.• Family Cohesion or lack thereof is a risk factor to youth health and development.• Issues such as substance abuse, mental illness and suicide can be a result of poor family cohesion or they can lead to it.• Development can be influenced by the family. For example a family that regularly socializes could assist with the social skills and emotional development of the youth.
Impact on Youth Health Positive• Physical: Support and influence from the parents to exercise.• Mental: the youth having self confidence• Social: the amount of time spent with family socializing.
Negative• Physical: Poor family eating habits• Mental: Family always fighting with each other which could cause depression• Social: Parents leaving the child how alone for long periods of time which could cause loneliness• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDijQwR8 0Oc
Impact on Youth Development Positive• Intellectual: a family who helps their child with school work can help them develop their intellectual skills.• Emotional: the family of a youth can help them develop the optimal way to deal with emotions and how to express them.• Social: regularly socializing family can develop the childs social skills
Negative• Physical: parents not playing with their baby which could lead to them not developing their gross/fine motor skills• Intellectual: not sending the child to school which means they don’t learn how to read or write• Emotional: If the parents fight a lot it could impact the child learning to express their emotions in the appropriate way.• Social: the parents may not teach their child important values or beliefs