What is Socioaffective Well-being

Socio-affective well-being is the guarantee of the fundamental right to lead a dignified and healthy life under the foundations of inclusion and equality.

Socio-affective well-being is the responsibility of society, the State and municipalities, which must create the necessary mechanisms to promote a culture of protection and encouragement for the socio-affective well-being of all individuals.

Socio-affective well-being is characterized by:

  • Create a better quality of life.
  • Adapt and help a full and satisfactory inclusion in the community.
  • Avoid discrimination.
  • Generate equal opportunities.
  • Advocate nonviolence.

Adolescents and their socio-affective well-being

Socio-affective well-being is especially important in adolescents, since it is the stage in which the greatest biological, psychological and social transformations are suffered, which trigger personality and identity crises. The way in which these conflicts and problems are internalized and resolved will determine a healthy social development or not.

The adolescent manages to develop his socio-affective well-being if he is able to counteract the effects of the factors that intervene in his growth, learning psychosocial skills, also called life skills, such as:

  • Self-awareness (physical, sexual, and emotional)
  • Update of knowledge about the environment with respect to oneself
  • Significance and recognition of affective behaviors
  • Appreciation of their capacities in society
  • Adoption of healthy lifestyles
  • Critical thinking generation
  • Ability to resolve problems and conflicts
  • Correct management of emotions and feelings
  • ability to make decisions
  • Assertive and effective communication

Socio-affective well-being project in adolescents

As an initiative of the project for socio-affective well-being in adolescents in Mexico, the law for the protection of the rights of children and adolescents has been published through UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund), which guarantees the guardianship and respect for the fundamental rights recognized in the constitution of Mexico.

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Below are the rights that said law protects, summarizing the characteristics and objectives of socio-affective well-being in adolescents:

  • Chapter 1: Right to priority
  • Chapter 2: Right to life
  • Chapter 3: Right to non-discrimination
  • Chapter 4: Right to live in conditions of well-being and healthy psychophysical development
  • Chapter 5: Right to be protected in his integrity, in his freedom and against mistreatment and sexual abuse
  • Chapter 6: Right to identity
  • Chapter 7: Right to live as a family
  • Chapter 8: Right to health
  • Chapter 9: Rights of children and adolescents with disabilities
  • Chapter 10: Right to education
  • Chapter 11: Right to rest and play
  • Chapter 12: Right to freedom of thought and the right to one’s own culture
  • Chapter 13: Right to Participate

See also Quality of life, UNICEF, Assertive communication and Social development.