Isabel is likely to face various challenges in the new environment that she will be living; hence it is important to come up with measures to deal with the challenges that she may face in society. Developmental challenges are part and parcel of growing up, and one has to be prepared to deal with them. Parents are supposed to support their children as they grow up to enable the leaders to deal with the challenges that they will be facing in life. Some of the challenges may come in the form of fitting into the pear groups, self-esteem, and body image issues, stress, bullying, depression, cyber addiction, among many others. Isabel may need some help from the professionals to deal with some of the challenges that they face in society.
Developmental challenges and solutions
Isabel may face physical growth and development problems that may affect her life as a whole. As refugees, Isabel’s family may not afford the basic necessities that they need in life meaning. Sometimes the family may not afford to put food on the table resulting in malnutrition. Poor nutrition may lead to growth and development issues, especially. Adolescents need good and adequate nutrition to ensure that their rapid growth is facilitated. Inadequate nutrition may also lead to the burden of diseases that could lead to health issues. The solution to the health problems that come as a result of nutrition is for the mother to look for assistance from the government of the United States of America and the civil society to get the necessary financial support that will enable them to afford a balanced diet that will ensure that they have good health that will facilitate their growth (Caleyachetty et al., 2018).
Some of the developmental challenges that Isabel is likely to face include the risk of developing depression as a result of the living conditions that she is exposed to in her day to day life. She came from a refugee family and came to the United States of America to seek protection from the hostile environment that they were facing in their mother country. However, she may face some challenges fitting among the peers in the United States of America. The fact that she may be living in poverty will affect her schooling because of the emotional problems that she could develop as a result of the psychological problems that she might face as a result of the way of life that they are leading as a family. The solution to the emotional problems may include dealing with the primary cause of the problems, which include seeking the help of the government and the civil society to help the family with a source of income. The other solution will involve Isabel looking for the help of a psychiatrist to help her deal with the challenge that they are facing in her life (Ahmad et al., 2007).
Comparisons of challenges among stages of development
The challenges that Isabel will face will be different from the ones that her mother and brother will face. Being an adolescent, she is concerned about the image and reputation that she is creating among her peers. The fact that she comes from a family of refugees may make her inferior among the peers and lead to emotional problems such as depression in case she fails to fit into society. Carlos, on the other hand, is still a small child; hence he is not keen on the peer groups that he may be interacting with. Problems such as coming from a family of refugees will not affect Carlos significantly. Maria is the mother of both Isabel and Carlos, and her priority is to ensure that her children get the best life possible. She may face some emotional problems, especially when she is not able to meet the basic needs of her children. As opposed to Carlos and Isabel that may show disgust as a result of the problems that they are facing, Maria has to be strong for children giving them hope that everything will be okay regardless of the problems that they are facing in their lives. Unlike Isabel, Maris does not have to fit into her peer groups because she is advanced in age and has different priorities compared to her daughter Isabel; hence she will not have problems that come as a result of trying to fit into her peer group.
Multicultural challenges and plan of action
One challenge that Isabel is likely to face is meeting people who have some practices that might have been outlawed in her culture, but they are allowed in the culture that she has moved. She may also find that some of the practices that are allowed in the country where she came from may not be allowed in the United States of America. For instance, gay practice is allowed in the United States of America but not allowed in Cuba. She might find it strange seeing women dating other women, and sometimes women could approach her with the intention to date her. In such a case, she has to learn how to cope with the cultural changes that she has no control over. Coping will enable her to lead a good life despite the challenges that she will be facing in her life. The resources that Isabel’s family should be given to cope in the new environment include housing and a job where Maria will get the money that she will use to take care of her children (Beltrán-Velasco et al., 2020).
Isabel may need some help from the professionals to deal with some of the challenges that they face in society. She is likely to face both physical and social/emotional developmental challenges that could affect her life significantly. Proving the family with basic needs is an important way that the government, the civil, and the well-wishers can do to ensure that Isabel and her family lead a comfortable life. Isabel may also face some multicultural challenges they are supposed to deal with to ensure that they lead a comfortable life.
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