Influences on a Person's Safety: Individual, Environmental, Socioeconomic & Cultural

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  • 00:00 Your Safety
  • 00:20 Individual &…
  • 1:18 Socioeconomic & Cultural
  • 2:12 Medical & Psychological
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Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

In this lesson, we discuss some of the various factors that influence a person's safety, including individual, environmental, socioeconomic, and cultural factors.

Your Safety

Do you feel safe right now? If you do, why is that? Is it because you're at home where you know your surroundings? Is it because you're in a school that may have security guards? Is it because you're young and healthy and, thankfully, have no diseases to worry about? There are plenty of things that can influence each person's safety. Some are individual in nature and others are environmental, socioeconomic or cultural. Why don't we take a look at some of them?

Individual & Environmental Factors

You as an individual have certain qualities and attributes that may make you feel more or less safe. For instance, if you are over the age of eighty, you may not feel as safe as much as younger people being at home alone. At that age, it's far more likely you're going to fall down the stairs and perhaps hurt yourself. This is why companies sell bracelets and necklaces that have buttons that can be pushed to go get help in case you can't get to the phone.

Actually, in the example I just gave you, your environment also influences your safety. For an elderly individual, even their own home environment may pose serious danger. For others their environmental dangers may tie in with where they work. If you work in an office, the dangers to your safety are minimal, but if you work in construction then your job can pose many personal safety risks, like falling objects or getting run over by some big machine.

Socioeconomic & Cultural

Socioeconomic factors are a big determinant of personal safety. If you are quite poor and live in high crime areas, chances are far higher you're going to be hurt or killed than if you are living in a privileged gated community with twenty-four hour security patrols in the neighborhood. Even if you aren't involved in criminal activity, you might get hit by a stray bullet or be mistaken for a criminal.

Cultural factors are also at play with respect to personal safety. If you are in a foreign country and can't speak that country's language, you might miss important warnings. Or you might completely accidentally do or say something that is totally okay in your home culture but is a punishable offense in another nation. For instance, in the U.S. you can criticize the country's leaders all you want. In Thailand, criticizing the king is a punishable offense.

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