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1 CASE STUDY ANALYSIS: CHILDHOOD Case Study Analysis: Childhood Midalys Vasallo Capella University
2 CASE STUDY ANALYSIS: CHILDHOOD Case Study Dawn is an African American girl who is four years old. She lives with her father, Bill, her mother, Terry and her newborn brother, Darren in a small suburban community. When Dawn was born, her parents saw it best for her mom to quit her job and stay at home with Dawn to raise her. When Dawn was three years old her mother Terry gave birth to her brother Darren. Darren was born with a congenital heart problem and this required ongoing medical treatment and a very specific regime of at-homecare. The financial strain of caring for the family, plus the medical condition of the new baby, caused for Bill to be away working more hours and Terry to be alone with the kids most of the days. Terry felt that the baby needed her attention a little more than Dawn, so she expected Dawn to be a little more independent. At pre-school, Dawn was showing behavior issues like throwing things and refusing to cooperate with the group activities. Terry was contemplating if maybe they had spoiled their daughter too much instead of disciplining her.
3 CASE STUDY ANALYSIS: CHILDHOOD Case study Analysis: Early Childhood Dawn is a four-year-old African American girl who is having behavior issues at school and with her peers. Her father, Bill, works full-time in order to support the family and due to hard financial situations at the house right now, he is away most of the time. As a result, his involvement is very limited right now in Dawn’s life. She is raised primarily by her stay-at-home mother Terry, who is also taking care of her other son, Darren, who has a heart congenital problem and needs a specific regimen of care and medical treatments. Before Darren was born, Terry seemed to have more time to spend with Dawn, but after Darren was born, much of her attention goes to him. Dawn has been going to school three times a week since before Darren was born, but the teacher said she recently started to have behavior issues like throwing toys when she became upset and refusing to cooperate in group activities. The case study suggests that Dawn has not showed any major behavioral issues prior to her brother being born. Dawn’s situation can be understood better by determining the causes of these changes in her behavior by using Bowlby’s attachment theory and Piaget’s theory of cognitive development. One primary cause of her behavior is the lack of time she is currently spending with her parents. Coming from being the only child and spending time with both parents to suddenly having to share the little time they both have available with her little brother might be a big change and adjustment for Dawn. This can be improved by maybe having little dates with one parent at a time, and they can alternate. This might make her feel special again and give her the attention she needs.

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