The Social Work Practice
: are significant occurrences involving a relatively abrupt change that may produce
serious and long lasting effects (Settersten, 2003a; Settersten & Mayer).
For example: two
people get involved into a car accident and they may never walk again.
: are change in roles and statuses that represents a distinct departure from prior roles
and statuses (Elder & Kirkpatrick Johnson, 2003; George, 1993; Hagestad, 2003).
after I turned 18 years old, I decided to join the United States Marine Corps and honor my
I transitioned from my prior civilian life to military.
is a point in the life course that represents a substantial change or discontinuity in
direction; it serves as a lasting change and not just a temporary detour (Rutter, 1996) For
example: my parents migrated to the United States 30 years ago which was a change in their
involve a longer view of long-term patterns of stability and change in a person’s
life, involving multiple transitions (Elder & Kitkpatrick Johnson, 2003; George, 2003; Heinz,
For example: I will only focus on a short portion of my life.
I will start at age 18.
18, I finished high school, then decided to join the New York Police cadets, which was helping
me pay for my school at Kingsborough College, at age 19 I decided to join the military, and went
away for a year; after I returned from active duty, I decided to go back to school, and I entered
Brooklyn College to pursue my four year degree.
A year later I found out that my unit was being
shipped to Iraq, and I had to post pond my schooling, so they could activate me to participate in
“Operation Iraqi Freedom.” After I returned a year later, I continued my school, and completed
A couple of months later I found a job with Administration for Children’s Service, and
decided to continue my education in the Masters of Social Work Program at Adelphi.
This is my
life trajectory spanning from age 18 till the present, undergoing multiple transitions in my life.