This chapter explores some of the aspects of identity that are likely to impinge on work with children. It is important to be aware of the ways in which growing up and living in the contemporary Western world presents children and young people with challenges that were not part of the nonindustrial, traditional society, where the pathway from childhood to adulthood was clearly marked out and did not change from generation to generation. While it has always been true that children’s identities are in transition throughout childhood, and certain developmental changes affect them physically, emotionally and socially, these transitions are more complex and demanding in the modern world.
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