An important issue from a psychological standpoint, but also in social, philosophical and ethical terms, is the development of moral sense in young people, and it is precisely in this field that the most serious consequences of neo-nihilism are seen. An understanding of the mechanisms of moral development in todayâs society can thus provide insight into the pathological aspects of young peopleâs behaviour and the factors affecting it. Today many young people are struggling to develop a life plan from a succession of fragmentary experiences, without being able to make sense of their existence. In addition, in modern society, young people are being increasingly influenced by todayâs consumer culture, as well as being the target of advertising that can be highly disturbing. Psychological and relational factors also come into play. The transition from childhood to adulthood is always characterised by mental suffering resulting from a struggle between the desire to move forward and the desire to remain a child. The solitude of adolescents is also triggered by the loosening of ties with the people who have educated them and brought them up, due to the difficulty of maintaining relationships with them and to the pervasive conflict between generations. The formation of ethical values in the younger generation is also affected by the economic crisis and by the consequent lack of social and economic independence of young people. Understanding how ethical values are formed may shed some light on the role of youth in terms of their interaction with society and on the educational and moral criteria that enable healthy values to be inculcated.
Psychological Disorders and Social Distress Affecting Todayâs Youth in Italy: The New Face of Adolescent Problems
Last date updated on June, 2014