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Gathering perspectives inside and outside of Malaysia’s children institutions
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Gathering perspectives inside and outside of Malaysia’s children institutions 

Gathering perspectives inside and outside of Malaysia’s children institutions

In recent past, several studies have identified that post-institutionalised adolescents are significantly correlated with behavioural problems. Before we delve further, let’s put the predicament into a proper context.

An adolescent is an individual undergoing a period of transition from childhood to adulthood. During this period, an adolescent is preparing to face future challenges in life. During this specific period too, an adolescent experiences significant biological, cognitive, social and economic transitions.

Unfortunately, most of them post-institutionalised adolescents come from extreme poverty and broken family backgrounds. The situation is more acute for adolescents who stay in children institutions where they are more likely to be exposed to the risk of manifesting behavioural problems. Adolescents who stay in children institutions usually have a history of physical abuse, neglect by family members or abandonment by parents. It was also pointed out that the issue of behavioural problems among adolescents in children institutions is due to the poor conditions there.

Stemming adolescent issues with a friendlier approach

Given that past records of adolescents who used to reside in children institutions have been dismal, how widely these institutions are effective at addressing the problems regarding our youth is a cause for concern.

The situation is nonetheless jittery. Instead of just ensuring law conformity, in most cases, putting adolescents in children institutions is a toxic combination. At the moment, despite soaring concern, the answer perhaps lies outside creating a specific framework around the situation—but rather externalising the problem to mitigate future consequences.

A recent study emphasised internalising and externalising problems among adolescents in Malaysia’s children institutions. A stratified sampling method was utilised to determine the response among adolescents from four different regions across Malaysia.

Source: MIGHT

To a certain degree, the infographic provides a bird’s eye view of the situation. To safeguard the nation’s most precious asset, we would like to bring the following considerations as suggested by MIGHT to your attention:

  • Collectively, we need to elicit more data information in a bid to push the externalisation of the problems we have among our teens in children institutions.
  • There is an increasing need to move beyond the internalising model in youth well-being development—it must be noted that they are our invaluable source of human capital in the future.
  • Setting the right context of adolescent transition is one of the most critical—yet least understood—elements of improving youth issues.
  • The nation’s economy badly needs them to secure a better future, therefore, by zeroing in on relevant information, specific situations and responding to their complex issues, public and private actors can help ease their transitional period to allow them to have a better chance in life.
  • This is why we need to externalise the problem, for the sake of our nation’s youth

In another study, it was concluded that depression has high prevalence in institutionalised adolescents. Adolescents who show signs of externalising or internalising behaviours should be especially screened for depression. However, it was noted that further research needs to be carried out to collect more data in this regard and to focus on designing interventions for its prevention, screening, and treatment. To find out more, you can read the original article here.

Painting the picture of a resourceful youth cohort is critical to evaluate whether they are going to play a much larger or smaller role in the future. By virtue of upholding our treasured moral conventions, collectively, we can certainly help our youth see a better future out of their lives. To learn more about the topic, you can read the original article here.


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