Influence of adversity on childhood development


Consider the following; The influence of adversity on childhood development may lead to lifelong problems and impact on risk, vulnerability and resilience. 

Within your response; 

  • Discuss the ways in which adversity within the contexts of; cultural identity, gender, disability, loss and grief, trauma, displacement/dispossession and social isolation may impact on the social and emotional well-being of children.
  • Consider developmental responses to adverse events or experiences and the impact of these on social and emotional wellbeing.
  • Provide practical examples of situations to demonstrate how adversity within these contexts may lead to lifelong problems and impact on risk, vulnerability and resilience.
  • Apply one key theory of childhood development throughout your response. 



This assessment task will assess the following learning outcome/s:
  • able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of children and young people’s social, emotional and psychological development within cultural and other appropriate frames of reference such as family and community 
  • be able to articulate the likely impact of various forms of disadvantage and adversity experienced by children, young people and their carers upon children and young people’s development and the reasons for this 
  • be able to identify the practical needs of children, young people and their carers living  in adverse situations, to promote resilience, or to rehabilitate developmental progression


It is essential that you refer to relevant prescribed readings, including the textbook for your assessment work and engage with wider material from reliable academic sources. Within assessment task 2 you are expected to reference a minimum of 10 academic sources. All assessments must have an introduction, body, conclusion and a reference list. Write in sentences structured into paragraphs. Lists and dot points are not recommended. APA (7th ed.) in-text referencing must be observed.