M1 – Effects of Discriminatory Practices on the Young Adults In this assignment I will be writing an assessment of the effects of three discriminatory practices on young adults. The three discriminatory practices I will be explaining the effects of are; Culture, Disability and Gender. Culture –
Culture is the attitudes, feelings, values, and behaviour that characterise and inform society as a whole or any social group within it. Being discriminated against because of their culture can have short term effects, depression being one of them. Because they are being discriminated against it can leave them feeling lost and being judged because of their values and beliefs which can also lead them to become angry. Depending of the things they hear from other people they may start to lose their self-esteem and isolate themselves. They also may feel stressed and unable to cope which may affect their work, education or social life. Although a lot of people suffer short term effects, there are plenty who suffer long term effects; not only can they lose their self-esteem but also loss of motivation so they don’t want to do anything or achieve anything in life as they feel like they are not good enough because of the fact they have no self-esteem. If there is a large population of discrimination there could be reduced individuals rights and restricted opportunities and limited access to services. But in themselves they can develop a mental illness due to stress because of the discrimination. Disability –
A person is classified as disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment which has a considerable and long-term effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. Discriminating because of a physical or mental disability is unlawful because it can have both short and long term effects on the person. Short term effects are that they can suffer from depression, become angry as they may not know how to show their emotions and get their feelings out. Many individuals with disabilities find it difficult to relate with other people and share in a normal social life due to discrimination associated with their disability. Examples of disabilities that are particularly discriminated against in this way include dwarfism and albinism.
All people with disabilities that are visually recognisable are likely to face discrimination at some point in their life. Long term effects cause a lot of problems of that person’s life. By far the major problem for many of the disabled is the discrimination that they face when seeking employment. Individuals who are very intelligent and very capable often are presumed to be unfit for a position merely due to a disability such as blindness or being deaf. Many employers assume that taking on a disabled person to their payroll will be assuming a burden and fail to see disabled people as individuals with individual strengths. Another long term effect is educational discrimination because of their disability. Many educators automatically assume that their disabled students are less capable than other students. This has led to the disables being placed in classes that were beneath their actual abilities and that failed to educate them to their fullest potential. And in a lot of cases students are assigned to low end classes without any opportunity to advance to higher skill classes. Accommodation is also a long term effect as disabled people often face a form of indirect discrimination when businesses and other groups fail to provide accommodations to buildings such as wheelchair ramps that could make them accessible to the handicapped.
Gender – Gender discrimination is the unfair treatment of a person because of gender. Gender discrimination affects both men and women. It’s most obvious in work situations where one gender is given favoured treatment or one gender receives less pay or job responsibilities because of gender bias and unfair stereotypes. Gender discrimination also exist in sports, educational institutions and political organisations. Genders also experience sex discrimination when applying for housing or applying for credit. There are several effects and consequences of gender discrimination, especially in employment. Gender discrimination in the workplace leads to an increase in employee turnover and creates a hostile work environment.
Gender discrimination also promotes harassment and possible workplace violence. Interviewers may tend to hesitate hiring a woman who has a family. Even though it is illegal to ask a potential employee about family responsibilities, more often than not, people are asked so. The people who face sex discrimination at work may suffer from a sense of loss of dignity and strong resentment or lose the morale and motivation to work for the company. This leads to lost productivity. The sex discrimination may also include offensive jokes implying inferiority.