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Based on Thirteen and This is England

Adolescent Development

INTRODUCTION: Psychiatrists and medical consultants pinpoint the fact that most of the personality traits are developed up in early age, mostly referred to childhood. The foundation of personality depicts childhood as an essential part of the life, which can be built or destroy ones personality in the early age. The issues which are being discussed in this research are related to the childhood and adolescence problems in new generation. According to the psychiatrists nowadays problems are arising among children, their families and the surrounding they belong to. These problems may be due to the disorder of psychopathology of children and the relationship with their families. The bitter life experiences they have been gone through and the separation of their parents may lead to some of the adolescence problems. In accordance with the treatment of child adolescent problems, psychiatrist analyzes the biological, psychological, genital, demographical, environmental and historical factor of a childs life. Children of young age are more sensitively responsive towards the stimuli of their surroundings. Their social circle and the environment they possess in their families, the relationship of their parents and the environment of their school and social gathering. The other factors may contribute in this respect, but the mentioned factors influenced more towards the adolescent problems.

Adolescent Development JAFFE AND GOLDEN CONTRIBUTIONS: Many researchers have their studies on the issue of child adolescence, but Jaffe and Golden have viable contributions in this respect. Jaffes book Adolescent Risk Behaviors and Goldens Case studies in child and adolescent counseling provides the practical cases and examples of child and adolescence problems. The cases identified the reasons behind these problems and the counseling techniques to cure the problems. They have mentioned the issues of teenagers being involved in sexual abuse, drug addiction and other loose character activities adopted by the teenagers. Other social issues as involvement in the street crimes, unethical activities and most of the time school drop-outs are also resulted adolescent problems. Golden, (2001) he explained that counseling is one of the ways to handle these problems. His book is directly related with most of the children cases who are involved in sexual activities, drug abuse and cases of children belongs to separate families. Jaffe, (2006) referred in his book that the adolescent problem has raised due to the weakness of the relationship of children and their family and especially separated parent relationship. Happiness and strong bonding of the relationship can prevent the diversion of teenagers and young children towards the unethical and immoral behaviors like violence and dating with unknown people, unsafe activities of sex, substance abuse, and sexual assault. He elaborates the differences in between the connections built in relationship and the level of risks in these relations. He explained the key points of running a successful and effective campaign to encourage the adolescent programs in schools and communities. According to Jaffe,

Adolescent Development (2006) the key point to handle this problem is to remove the barriers between the family relations especially communication gap between parent and children should be removed. MEDIA CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS CHILD HOOD ADOLESDCENCE: Media has also felt its responsibility towards the spreading issues of child adolescence and its impact on the life of the child and on the society. This research paper is based up on the analysis of two movies: Thirteen by Catherine Hardwicke and This is England by Shane Meadows. These both movies are highlighting the adolescence problems when the children are growing up and they wanted to do each and everything by their own ways. They might be misguided by anyone presents in their surroundings. Teenagers might be indulging with under-sexual activities, drug addiction, alcohol addiction and very dangerously self-mutilation (Catherine Hardwicke, 2003). THIRTEEN: In the first movie THIRTEEN according to Hadwicke a 13 years old girls story was described. She was a good student during her academics and loves to write poetry. Her mother was a divorcee and was addicted of alcohol and professionally she was a hairdresser. The movie was revolving around the girl called Tracy and the wrong things she has done to herself and to society. The movie depicts the impact of family relation and parents divorce on the life of a child. On the other hand, it reflects the cruel situations faced by the poor children in schools in accordance with their appearance and the teasing comments they received from others. Along with that it also indicates that the company a child possesses has an also greater impact on his personality building. She had a friend named Evie who was not a loyal friend of her. She

Adolescent Development never stopped her from the wrongdoings rather encouraged her to stay linked with those activities. As a result Tracy was involved in steeling things, drug addiction, sexual activities specially oralsex with the boys of teenage group. At last Tracy was end up with guilt in herself. Her mother realized her daughters problems and then make her realized that she is with her in every difficult situation. Tracy realized her mistake of being hatred her mother for her divorce and decided to choose the right path. THIS IS ENGLAND: In this movie the social and societal issues of youngsters are shown related to the children who are being involved with the sub-cultural skinheads. The story is revolving around a 12-year boy SHAUN, who was the topic of humiliating jokes from the others in regard of his father. His father died as Falkland conflict victim. To take revenge and to get rid of the humiliating life he joined the skinhead group and was indulged with anti-social activities. The main issue was racism in England and the problem of xenophobia. These were raised in the region due to high unemployment and the war of Falkland (Shane Meadows, 2006). CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF MOVIES: In both the movies the main problem indicated about the child and adolescence was the family and child relationship and the environment in which he spent his most of the time. Single parents have to run their family on their own and so their children have to survive from a bad family environment. The reasons behind those parents do not have much time to spend with their

Adolescent Development children. This negligence will affect their childrens life and they got addicted to drugs, alcohol or got in to sexual and self-mutilation. The other issue is related to the behavior of the society to those children who have lost one of their parents and have to bear the situation of poverty. They will ultimately indulge with these activities and also move towards the criminal activities to take revenge from society. Society has greater responsibility towards these children because bad behavior of society could rotten the life of a person who could be of more competencies and could serve the society in better manner. RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CHILD AND ADOLESCENCE PROBLEMS: The communication between parents and child could eliminate most of the psychological and behavioral problems of adolescent age of young people. Teachers and community should take initiative to aware the children of primary and high school about the dangerous effects of sexual and drug addiction. Divorced parents should realize their individual responsibility and should attend regular meetings so they could be aware of the events of their childs life and could guide them for the maters of their social circle. The children who are already involved in these types of activities should be counseled.

Adolescent Development References Golden, (2001). Case Studies in Child and Adolescent Counseling (vol.3) Jaffe, (2006). Adolescent risk behaviors; why teens experiment and strategies keep them safe. Yale University Press, Vol.1. This is England, (2006). Retrieved on 22nd April, 2013. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0480025/ Thirteen, (2003). Retrieved on 22nd April, 201ss3. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0328538/