The Role Socioeconomic Status, Cultural Context, and Ethnicity Plays on Development

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Today, more than ever, socioeconomic status, cultural context and ethnicity play a large role in human development. Without these factors we would not be able to function in society. These factors reflect how a person communicates and socializes with other people, and how a person is accepted in society. They help us make decisions in life. Each individual is its own unique person, responding to everyday life in their own way. Human development begins at birth, and the rest depends on these factors of development.

The first factor that affects development is our socioeconomic status. It is an indicator of a persons social and economic standing, measured through a combination of income, level of education, residency, occupation, and social status in the community. How does this affect development? Families with a high socioeconomic status often have more success because they typically have more access to more resources to improve their child's development.

They are able to afford high-quality child care and books that would encourage children to learn. Children from low socioeconomic status families lack the financial, educational and social support they need to be considered equal to children from high socioeconomic status families. These differences can cause a child to become unconfident, non-motivated, and even isolation from society. It is a problem that could stay with the child through adolescences and on into adulthood. It is only as an adult that the person has the independence and the ability to change his socioeconomic status. He makes the choice of where to live, what job to pursue, how he fits in society; becoming his own person.

The second factor that plays a role in development is cultural context. Culture is the specific manifestations of a social group's design for life, developed over the years to provide a social...