Adolescence: Effects of Race, Class and Family Structure on Depression

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In this paper, we will be looking at the adolescence stage in the life course. Race/ethnicity, class and gender are related to resources and the well-being of adolescences because….. The social problem we will be looking at is depression and its correlation with shifts in family structure and the effects that both have on adolescences. One of the major shortcomings in analyzing parental absence (is that there have not been many studies that have presented data representing race/ethnicities separately (Amato 545).) Before we go another further into this paper, we are going to start by identifying what stage in the life course is considered as adolescence. Adolescence is the stage of life where a child is in the process of developing into a young adult. During this stage in the life course adolescences are experiencing biological growth and development, a state of unidentified status, an increase in important decision making, increased amounts of pressure and the search for one’s self. [need to find something to support this]. Race/ethnicity, class and gender are all important aspects to the adolescence …show more content…

It is estimated that more than 1,000,000 children each year experience a divorce (Adams 205). There have been various studies pertaining to whether or not divorce has a negative, positive or no effects on the children involved. With loss of a parent due to divorce, the two most common perspectives are that there are in fact effects on children but where they differ is whether or not they are either negative or positive effects. On the negative side it could be seen as a devastating unstable time in an adolescent’s life and on the positive side it can be seen as an opportunity to grow. However, in Portnoy’s article his findings prove that, “children of divorce display higher levels of depression and anxiety, lower self-esteem, and more frequent use of psychological services”

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that this stage in the life course is crucial because it is when a child is developing into an adult.
  • Opines that there is evidence for gender effects in the association between father absence and depressive symptoms, with girls being more adversely affected than boys.
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