July 13, 2015
When it comes to the life cycle there are stages individuals will pass through. There are three main areas of the life cycle that this paper will examine; self- determination and its impact on an individual’s ability to negotiate the challenges that life presents, the impact of autonomy on how well people can cope with challenges and policies and legislation that impact the life cycle of individuals and families. It is important to understand the way these concepts can impact the lives of everyone so that human service professionals can best meet clients where they are in the life cycle.
Like everything in life, there are stages one must go through before entering the next one. With self-determination, it starts the minute you are born until about eighteen months old. The first eighteen months of a baby’s life they start to develop trust, confidence in doing things, security of the ones who are caring for them. If a baby does not get the things he or she needs then sadly they will grow up feeling insecure, and not be trusting of others. Those who were taken care of properly gain self-confidence early on and continue with that attitude through the rest of the stages through life. Individuals will learn early on about self-determination and will learn how to make their own choices and learn how to problem-solve and learn how to address problems correctly.
“The support from families during adolescent development is critical in the development of greater self-determination, the emergence of which is an important aspect of becoming autonomous and self-governing,” (Wehmeyer, 2014, para. 1). If the individuals were properly cared for he or she will be able to make things happen in their lives for themselves. People who are self-determined act in their own lives, rather than others acting in their name (Wehmeyer, 2014). This all comes with a feeling of confidence, being able to...