A review of the impact of family change on the socio-emotional development and lives of young people aged 11-18

Lamb, Abigail (2014) A review of the impact of family change on the socio-emotional development and lives of young people aged 11-18. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation focuses on the complex relationship between family relationships and their influence on young people’s socio-emotional development. The first aim (chapter 2) will address how far the modern British family has evolved from the traditional nuclear format in contemporary society, and explore social views on whether these changes reflect the ‘decline’ of the family or simply the increasing fluidity of relationships.
    In chapter 3, the second aim investigates how far the changes to the contemporary family influence young people’s social and emotional wellbeing, and suggests that as a result of growing instability in family relationships, adolescent peer relationships are becoming significantly more important in the child’s development of self-identity. Various theories are used to discuss the degree to which the influences of young people’s social circles (family unit and peer group) are overlapping.
    Finally, in the last aim chapter 4 carries forward the arguments from previous chapters to address the role of the family, and subsequently the role of social change in family life, on ‘common’ social experiences in contemporary adolescent lives. The chapter uses examples of bullying, academic disengagement and exclusion, and early romantic and sexual relationships to explore whether fluidity or instability in contemporary families has affected adolescent socio-emotional development to the point that their social experiences and future life chances are impacted upon.
    Throughout the dissertation, discussions of liquid modernity (Bauman, 2000) and individualism are used to assess the causes of changes in social and cultural values and attitudes. Individualism is also addressed in terms of the ‘atomisation’ of the family and the creation of a ‘me-generation’ of both parents and young people (Field, 2007). This allows for a better understanding of socio-emotional development and social relationships in contemporary society in comparison to previous generations.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Education and Childhood Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2015 16:48
    Last Modified: 15 Jul 2015 16:48
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/17717

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