Growing up in an affluent family: unique psychosocial issues for the adolescent.

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Most people would agree that it is preferable to grow up in a wealthy family than in one that is impoverished. However, adolescents who live in affluent families are in danger of developing a sense of entitlement that may impede future vocational and social success. Parental presence may be minimal, with discipline and child-rearing delegated to paid caretakers. The pressure to achieve in school may overwhelm the less than gifted adolescent. Excessive parental participation in school affairs may deter the adolescent from developing a sense of independence and competency. Eating disorders are more likely to develop in affluent youth. Participation in delinquent behaviors may be due to boredom with the affluent lifestyle, and such behavior may not be punished since youth from affluent families are often shielded from proper discipline by law enforcement authorities. Because of their social standing in the community and as a consequence of their wealth, affluent youth are in unique positions to become leaders and to participate in altruistic endeavors. Health care providers taking care of adolescents in wealthy families should be aware of these issues and should discuss them with adolescents and their families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)379-388
Number of pages10
JournalAdolescent medicine (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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