•Many youth turn to drugs and alcohol to provide immediate comfort, purpose, and
adventure. However, this can lead to addiction.
•The whole miserable process begins as a positive act of self-preservation.
•Some people would rather their life be joyful and fun till the end rather than work hard to
achieve success (those who worked 9 to 5 jobs).
•Kids understand that there are two choices: rise to the top or crash to the bottom.
•A lot of burden has been placed on you (e.g., economically, socially and spiritually).
oEconomically: Kids often work to contribute to the economy of the family.
oSocially: Be fruitful and multiply.
oSpiritually: Many parents expect their young to fulfill an incompleteness in
themselves and in the world. They have unfulfilled human dreams, aspirations,
etc, that they hope their children may fulfill.
•Reasons for possible suicide attempts: failure at school, death of family members from
drug or alcohol related problems, lack of money, bullying, feeling worthless, LABELS at
school or from the town that they live in, family divorce or estrangement, etc..
3)Reading 57: “The Atrophy of Social Life” by D. Stanley Eitzen (p. 641-648)
•Humans have slowly been disengaging from each other.
•We are less likely to belong to voluntary associations (e.g., Rotary Club, PTS, etc).
•Social life has changed dramatically over the past 50 years.
•People have often become more and more isolated.
•People move on average about every five years.
•This could be because jobs change or loss of jobs.
•The bond between workers and employers has become frayed; employees are no longer
loyal to their employers and vice versa.
•Many also move away due to divorce or separation from their marriages.
•Immigration also leads to distance between people and family members and friends.
•When people move out from relationships or to new geographical areas, old friends,
family, and neighbours are left behind.
•Often times people foresee themselves moving in a few years and therefore make no effort
to get to know new people, join organizations, etc.
•People now live longer and elderly, especially older women, are most likely to live alone.
•Divorce initiates living alone.
•Commuter marriage – an arrangement where wives and husbands maintain separate
households as a way of solving dilemmas of dual-career marriages.