Causes of Social
Disadvantage Amongst Children
Socially handicapped children find it difficult to have a place for
themselves in the society. Lack of social acceptance is due to the fact that
they do not behave like the so called normal children of their age. They
indulge in antisocial activities like stealing, pick-pocketing, gambling,
alcohol and drug abuse. Some take to crime and abnormal sexual behaviours.
Various causes leading to social handicap can be summed up as follows:
Broken Homes. Children fall out from families where there is constant bickering among the parents.
The children do not get the love and guidance due to them. They may even be
deprived of the basic necessities of life and take to streets for survival.
Unwanted children and orphans often fall victims of social maladjustments.
Poverty and Ignorance. Children
from very poor families and of
ignorant parents are often deprived of food, clothing and shelter. In the
absence of proper guidance from their parents, these children start petty
thefts to survive. Later they get habituated to antisocial activities in a big
Inadequate Schooling. School is
the second place where the children
learn the values of life. Do you know which is the first place? Yes, Home. Poor
parents do not send their children to school for want of funds. These children
remain unguided in streets for long hours. They often get into gang fights and
undesirable activities. Lack of school discipline is a cause of truancy.
Children also succumb to negative peer pressure when they do not have strong
normal and social values from parents, teachers and other adults in their
Lack of Good Role Models. Children
have very sensitive minds and learn
fast from adults in their environment. Living with corrupt and dishonest
persons give negative values to the children. They fail to differentiate
between right and wrong. Moral values are not taught like they used to be in
olden days. Children imbibe these values from adults and siblings at home, from
teachers and peers at school. Problems arise when they have wrong individuals
as their role models.
Lack of Supervision During the Formative Years. This can happen to children
from poor as well as rich families. Poor parents have to put in long hours of
work to sustain life while rich ones overlook/neglect the upbringing in their
desire to become richer. These parents leave the upbringing of their children
to the maids and servants. Parents should be committed to the upbringing of
their children, specially during the formative years. They should spend quality
time with children for healthy upbringing.