The Effects of the Determinants of Health on Young People

The Effects of the Determinants of Health on Young People

  • Individual factors
  • Sociocultural factors
  • Socioeconomic factors
  • Environmental factors

Individual Factors

  • Adolescents who are aware of complicated health implications of certain life activities tend to prevent those and therefore have less risks of being diagnosed with a severe chronic illness.
  • Parents, siblings, media, teachers play a vital role in information conveyance.

Sociocultural Factors

  • Families ensure children have adequate amounts of every fundamental requirement needed for a well developed growth.
  • Families as a general rule make us aware of the good and bad side of things.
  • Peers can be a source of motivation for children and adolescents owing to their values and code of conduct.
  • Religious beliefs and principles as well as those followed in certain ethnic communities often restrict individuals from certain type of food, sexual activity and drug use.

Socioeconomic Factors

  • People with a high socioeconomic status have easier access to health benefits and options for good health maintenance.
  • Poverty can put people at greater health risks.
  • Profession types can also be a determinant of health. For example, people pursuing a career that requires a lot of manual labor, sometimes in the heat are at greater risks of injury. People who remain in a seated position inside offices leading a sedentary lifestyle on the other hand are at risk of heart diseases.

Environmental Factors

  • Geolocation can cause people to be deprived of health benefits (people in urban areas have better health facilities than those of rural areas).
  • Environmental factors like air, water, soil may impact our health. For example, people living in cities are more prone to lung cancer.