Social Issues in Middle Childhood & Their Effects on Development Video

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  • 0:39 Family Issues
  • 2:31 School Issues
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Instructor: Natalie Boyd

Natalie is a teacher and holds an MA in English Education and is in progress on her PhD in psychology.

Children grow and develop in many ways. But sometimes issues at home or school can get in the way of development. In this lesson, we'll look at some issues that might contribute to developmental problems in a child's life.

Middle Childhood

Casey is 10 years old. She wants to do well in school, but she has trouble concentrating sometimes. And she can't always do her homework because she and her family live in a homeless shelter, and it's so chaotic there that she can't find the quiet that she needs to finish her work.

Middle childhood includes the years between ages seven and 12. At that age, children are growing and changing all the time. But kids can also face issues in middle childhood that can compromise their ability to develop. Let's look closer at family and school issues that children might face in middle childhood.

Family Issues

Casey is a smart girl, but she's running into some academic problems because of her family's situation. Millions of children every year live in poverty, and this can cause issues in both academics and behavior. Partly, this might be because poorer parents have trouble offering support, busy as they are trying to make ends meet. Children's physical and intellectual development might also suffer due to inadequate nutrition; studies have linked hunger to poorer academic performance.

And then, of course, there's the living situation. Children, like Casey, who live in homeless shelters can find it difficult to sleep well or get homework done. This can impact their grades and intellectual development.

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