Young­sters need sup­port

The Sun (Malaysia) - - GOOD VIBES -

ADO­LES­CENCE is a crit­i­cal phase in the life of a hu­man be­ing. It is a pe­riod of in­tense growth not only phys­i­cally but morally, emo­tion­ally and in­tel­lec­tu­ally.

One of the tasks of ado­les­cence is to achieve in­de­pen­dence. For this to hap­pen they of­ten seek a lot of space and free­dom. They start to think more ra­tio­nally and ab­stractly as they form their moral code.

In the process they may of­ten be­come as­sertive, re­bel­lious, non­con­formist and self-opin­ion­ated.

At such a time it is essen­tial that adults pro­vide proper guid­ance, sup­port and en­vi­ron­ment to fa­cil­i­tate their holis­tic de­vel­op­ment.

In or­der to at­tain a well in­te­grated ma­tu­rity, a se­ries of fac­tors need to be ad­dressed for ado­les­cents.

They need to ac­quire self cer­tainty, be ready to try out new roles, strive for achieve­ment, ac­quire a self­i­den­tity, bal­ance their rights with re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and iden­tify per­sonal goals and ideals.

When deal­ing with the prob­lems of ado­les­cents, it would help to step into the young per­son’s world, treat them with dis­cern­ing re­spect rather than sus­pi­cion, share their joys and sorrows and gen­uinely ad­dress their ques­tions whilst en­gag­ing them in a moral and spir­i­tual dis­ci­pline.

There is a need for adults to work with young­sters in a way that pro­motes their gen­eral well-be­ing and de­vel­op­ment which is in­clu­sive of the spir­i­tual di­men­sion.

Spir­i­tu­al­ity in­te­grates the emo­tional, cog­ni­tive and in­tu­itive self. It in­cludes the for­ma­tion of a per­sonal spir­i­tual be­lief and prin­ci­ples, at­ti­tudes and emo­tions as per one’s value sys­tem.

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