The Development Of Youths’ Autonomy

The development of youths’ autonomy is essential especially in this era of increasing technological advancements.

To help the youths develop a sense of self-governance, responsibility, independence and decision making is a very vital requirement for proper youthful development. The essence of this is to help them develop a sense of autonomy.

The development of youths autonomy

What’s youths autonomy

Autonomy here refers to an adolescent’s (youth’s) growing ability to think, feel, make decision and act on his/her own. It is a continuous process that even transcends into the adult life. It continually surface when one is faced with challenges to act with new level of self-reliance.

It gives the youths the benefit of being unique, capable and independent personality with less dependence on the adults.

The independence of the youths would mean that they are capable of handling things on their own. Helping them attain independence is part of making them autonomous.

With this, they are able to think, feel and make moral decisions that are truly theirs rather than just following the believe of others. It gives them the ability to govern their own behavior so they can develop a healthy self-governance which include

  • Decision making
  • Self reliance
  • Conformity

They can develop this through their relationship with peers, parents and other adults.

Types of Youths autonomy

There are three (3) types of autonomy which are emotional, value and behavioral autonomy

Emotional autonomy

This relates to emotions, personal feeling and how we relate to others around us. It gives the youths the enablement to look for their own solution in terms of problems (emotional problems) rather than rely solely on parents

Value autonomy

This means having independent attitudes and beliefs regarding spirituality, politics and morals. Their ability to think in the abstract helps them see the differences between general and specific situations and to make judgement using higher-level-thinking. It gives them the ability to consider their own value system.

Behavioural autonomy

This relates to behavior. It refers to ability to make decisions independently and to follow through on these decision with actions.

However, the development or process of developing autonomy could result to family turmoil and rebellion from the youths especially if not properly guided.
In other to avoid this, there is need for parents and guidance to;

  • Set clear and consistent expectation
  • Communicate openly about rules and values
  • Discourage rebellion – Explain to them the changes they are experiencing and what it means.
  • Listen carefully to them and understand their point of view and respond in ways that shows you care and appreciate them.
  • Help them see the result that rebellion can bring and the good or benefit conformity will produce.
  • Stay calm – Don’t be overly worried about their conformity.
  • Let your disposition portray composure and from it they will learn.
  • Involve them in decision making – Don’t make them feel alienated when it comes to making decision especially that relating to their welfare.

Understanding the changes that the youth face will allow parent to help them become happy and productive.

Competence Among Youths

Overall, it is important to note that the development of independence and control over self which invariable imply autonomy for the youths, is fundamental and beneficial to proper youthful development

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