About This Chapter
Challenges in Childhood & Adolescence - Chapter Summary
This series of teacher resources is designed to help instructors better understand the common challenges of childhood and adolescence. Work through the chapter at your own pace to recognize child/teen issues and apply strategies that can ensure the well-being and success of your students. The chapter is available 24/7, which helps you review these issues whenever you have spare time in your schedule.
How It Helps
- Builds awareness: These resources help teachers and school staff become more aware of the issues and challenges that students commonly experience at different ages.
- Helps educate students: The lesson resources can be shared with students to help them recognize childhood and adolescent challenges.
- Encourages student well-being: The measures outlined in the chapter can help teachers and staff prevent instances of failure, dropout and truancy.
When you're finished with the chapter, you should be able to:
- Recognize common issues with elementary, middle and secondary school children
- Evaluate issues related to peer pressure, juvenile delinquency and substance abuse
- Interpret at-risk youth statistics
- Use measures that can prevent school failure, truancy and dropout
1. Common Issues with Elementary School Children
While childhood is meant to be a happy time, there are many children for whom it is a time of emotional difficulty. This lesson looks into some challenges that are common to elementary-aged children.
2. Common Issues with Middle/Secondary School Children
You may have had a tough time during your middle or high school years; during that time, it's common for teens to go through various emotional challenges. Here, we will look into several issues that are commonly faced during this time.
3. What is Peer Pressure? - Definition & Explanation
In this lesson, you'll learn who your peers are and how they can pressure you into actions that you wouldn't normally do -- peer pressure. We'll cover types of peer pressure and who is most likely to experience it.
4. Adolescents & the Risk of Substance Abuse
In this lesson, you'll learn about many of the key factors that predispose adolescents to substance abuse, including things that may be going on at home or in school.
5. What Is At-Risk Youth? - Definition & Statistics
This lesson discusses how a child is classified as an at-risk youth, as well as the factors that affect the ability of those youth to become successful members of society.
6. What Is Juvenile Delinquency? - Definition, Theories & Facts
In this lesson, we will define juvenile delinquency. Along with the definition, three major theories about juvenile delinquency as well as important facts are also discussed.
7. Preventing School Failure, Truancy & Dropout
School failure, truancy, and dropouts are a problem for many adolescent students. This lesson will discuss the negative effects of these issues and explore strategies for preventing them.
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Other chapters within the School Violence Prevention course
- Social & Emotional Development During Childhood
- Behavioral & Mental Health in Childhood & Adolescence
- Child & Teen Abuse
- Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse & Neglect
- Violence in Homes, Schools & Society
- Teen Dating Violence
- Understanding & Managing Student Aggression
- Preventing Bullying in Schools
- School Violence Prevention Strategies
- Intervening & Responding to Crises at School