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Analysis of Sociological Factors

-Can you analyze how the individual, family, community, multicultural, societal factors each contribute to the development of disorders in children and adolescents.

-Can you apply your analysis to the following questions?

-How would the Native American family structure, community, and culture contribute to depression and alcohol abuse in Native American adolescents?

-How does society in general contribute to adolescent depression and alcohol abuse in this population?

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(1) Can you analyze how the individual, family, community, multicultural, societal factors each contribute to the development of disorders in children and adolescents.

Life -span Psychology suggests that individual development from conception into old age suggest that life span identity development is not completed at adulthood but extends across the lifespan. For instance, individuals function in relation to one another, and children involved in a family system are affected and/or influenced by several factors including parenting styles, values, behaviors, attitudes, etc. As an example, Pardinai, Fife & Burke (2008) examined the relationship between parenting practices and conduct problems in youth. Other studies show that environmental factors involving both child-parent interaction and social interaction influence behavior in children.

In their study, Bird, Cana, Davis, Zhang, Ramirz, & Lahey (2001) noted the prevalence of two mental disorders in children from a multicultural perspective: Conduct Disorder (CD), and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). In addition, they examined various levels of antisocial behavior and their correlates among three ethnic groups involving: Hispanics, Puerto Ricans and African Americans. The research revealed that the rates of disruptive behavior disorder and antisocial behavior among children and adolescents were lower in inland Puerto Ricans than the other two groups. Some ...

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This solution examines the sociological factors that might contribute to the development of disorders in children and/or adolescents.

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