Understanding Young People: A System Perspective

Francis Wing-lin Lee

in Nurturing Pillars of Society

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9789888028801
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207226 | DOI:
Understanding Young People: A System Perspective

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During a period in a person's life when he or she is between two and 22 years of age, the three fundamental social systems he or she is exposed to includes family, school, and peers. Adopting a system perspective would reveal that each of these systems entails internal dimensions or subsystems that aid in shaping the fulfillment of the expectations and needs of an individual. The family is responsible for providing intimacy, emotional and material support, guidance, and discipline, as well as nurturing personalities and teaching the individual the basic skills and rules of life. In school, the individual is given the opportunity to build self-esteem through positive experiences that concern facing new environments, interacting with teachers and classmates, dealing with stress, and other such activities while avoiding negative experiences. Lastly, peers are found to be most influential since individuals feel freedom, power, and a source of belonging that develop one's self-confidence when with their peers.

Keywords: system perspective; social systems; family; school; peers

Chapter.  945 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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