Discriminative parents can affect their children physically and emotionally, and may cause depression to those discriminate resulting from anger and loss of self esteem and being isolated by their families and since they are unable to cope with the discriminatory environment.
Another effect of discrimination and prejudice is long term effects such as loss of motivation from family members; reduced individual rights through violation of rights, including the right to a conducive environment.
Prejudice and discrimination has direct and/or indirect impact on the rights of children. The fact that children are entirely dependant on parents makes such children subject to discrimination, where at the family level this is referred to as favoritism. Favoritism syndrome affects the parents’ freedom of decision making, as he/she is influenced by other factors, which are internally or externally sourced. Other sources of discrimination amongst children emerge from gender preferences, disability (physical or mental), sexual orientation, or sometimes as a result of the combination of many or some of the mentioned reasons.
Some cultures and beliefs discriminate a given gender over the other, while deciding who should pursue education and who should not. Such cultures also define how far, for example, a male child should pursue academics and not the female child (Thompson, 1993).
The child that suffered discrimination at the childhood stage finds it hard at times to make up a good family in future, fearing that his/her children might suffer the same fate. This is attributed from the past psychological effect, as well as poor perception regarding parenting. Most discrimination emerges from the parent’s inability of optimally socializing with their children, since they perceive them minors, in addition to their experience, regarding discrimination (Hampson et al., 1990).
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