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I strongly believe that stability is one of the most critical factors for the successful growth and development of children and adolescents. That said, one can think of parents’ emotional and financial stability; school environment stability, micro and macro social stability, etc. According to Huerta and Sandstrom (2013) instability has toxic effects on children’s emotional, physical and cognitive development. The authors emphasize that some change is normal and even anticipated, but, abrupt changes can seriously disturb children’s feeling of security. Consequently, that can affect how children and adolescents manage their own relationships as adults. Unfortunately, one can infer that the various types of instability generate a vicious cycle, in which unaware individuals will keep passing it on through generations. For instance, economic instability in early childhood can impact negatively on the child’s cognitive development. Another interesting example mentioned by Huerta and Sandstrom refers to family instability, parents who marry, remarry, separate, start or end a cohabitating union might result in child problem behaviors and poor academic outcomes. To conclude, I agree that the family unit is the main responsible for the well-being of its children, however, the government and non-profit organization also play an important role when it comes to offer specialized programs that support unstable families, especially those that come from poor income communities. The problems caused by instability and its variations could be mitigated through improvement of such social programs.



Huerta, S. Sandstrom, H. (2013). The negative effects of instability on child development. Urban Institute. http://www.urban.org/uploadedpdf/412908-the-negative-effects-of-instability-on-child-development.pdf

Berger, K. (2012). The developing person: through childhood and adolescence. New York, NY: worth Publishers.