The Effects Of Frequent Travel On Childhood Essay

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Frequent traveling during childhood can affect and shape numerous aspects of a person’s identity in powerful ways. I have realized this through retrospection regarding my own nomadic past. Through analysis, I have concluded that frequent travel during childhood affects several different aspects of identity and how identity forms. Some of the effects are interpersonal, they affect the way the traveling child views and interacts with others, and some are intrapersonal, they affect the child’s view of himself. One aspect that is affected is the importance of outside individuals to the foundation of the child’s identity. Another affected area is the child’s sense of self-importance. When there is a high frequency of relocation, resilience becomes a part of the child’s identity. These parts of the child’s identity, along with many others, are strongly affected and are likely to follow him throughout his life. When a family moves long distances, such as across states, few things in the new area are familiar to the child of the mobile family. The child is transplanted into a new area with no prior knowledge of the people or the area with which he must now interact on a daily basis. He finds himself pressured by his new peers to assimilate into the culture of the new area. This scenario startles one mobile child is also the reality of many other children across the United States. The Census statistics from 2015 state that 1.6 percent of the population have moved from one state to
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