Identity Issues Continued

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Identity Issues Continued


A short video addressing some of the pros and cons of globalization.

As identities are formed and performed through our connections with others, it is plausible to assume that with the increase in use of ICTs by adolescents globalization could, potentially, have a big impact on youth identity.Adolescents have greater communication with, and increased access to, the rest of the world (use of ICTs and more sophisticated transportation). Youth are exposed to global concerns as never before, this can lead to an increased sense of anxiety but also has the potential to lead to greater political action through a higher awareness of human rights violations (Lipsitz, 2005). As a result of globalization, cultural difference comes under threat of being “Westernized” (Blum, 2007).

Mental Health concerns are reportedly one of the major issues to affect youth today. Two websites to provide further information on causes/contributing factors; different types of mental illness and identifying high-risk youth are: Headspace and Beyond Blue


Many marginalized adolescents struggle to form resilient and strong identities. The significance of their identity formation is not recognized by the adults in their lives. Marginalized youth may turn to risky resources, such as substance abuse, as a means of constructing identities consistent with notions of responsibility and self-management (White, Wyn and White, 2012). One of the most vulnerable populations of homeless youth are those living with mental illness as a result of abusive family situations or a traumatic event. Youth poverty is a driving factor in creating risk, violence and abuse.Aboriginal youth are the most socially disadvantaged group of young people in Australia (M. Wearing, 2010).

Mental Health Issues

A study by the NSW government looking at youth suicide and risk taking. It reveals that marginalized youth (Aboriginal; from dysfunctional families; mental illness; and homosexual) are most at risk.

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