Health of Young People in Australia. The Concept of Family and Its Role in Providing Health of Youth.

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The sociology of health and illnesses is highly disturbed with the problem of health of young people, and there are two explanations to this fact. Firstly, the youth is the basis of future society, so that they should be healthy for normal functioning of further society. Secondly, the young people are usually stronger and healthier than other parts of population – their immunity is much higher than the children’s and they yet have no illnesses of oldness[1].
In this respect that the problem of illnesses of youth is principal. What is more, the level of health of young people decreases not because of bad ecological conditions or other external factor, but because of their own habits (smoking, drugs, etc, mode of life, when they have no opportunities to eat normally, three times per day because of their activity, the problems of sexual health, even the mental health)[2].

So, we can in full right affirm that the health of modern Australian youth is far from ideal, in fact, there are many problems in this realm. The potential means to dissolve these difficulties are the propaganda of healthy mode of life, holding the actions calling young people to think about their body and improve their health. Besides it, Australian government can impose additional taxes or restrictions of other character to the companies producing and selling cigarettes, alcohol and other goods of this order.

The concept of family in the sociology of health (especially concerning health of young) consists in the using the services of private doctor for the family. The effectiveness of this form of getting medical service generally is the large question, and it will not be studied in this paper, but there are some advantages and disadvantages for exact young person in this system.

The obvious advantage is that the doctor (usually constant for some family during long period of time) knows all the specifics of health and possible illnesses of each member of family, that’s why he can quickly and with quality react on any problems with health in the family. From another respect, the young people prefer to conceal most of their problems, even medical, from their parents[3], and although the doctor gives the promise of non-proliferation the secret private information, he will not conceal the problems of child from his parents, and this will be unfavourable for this child.

So, each family has to define whether they will invite the private doctor to their child, depending on the level of trusting between members of family.

List of notes:

[1] “The health sociology” – by Dr Kevin White, 2002.

[2] Australian government department of Health and Ageing Population Health division. “Child and youth health. An overview”, 2003, available at:

[3] “The health sociology” – by Dr Kevin White, 2002.

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