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Case Study Analysis: The Case of DeanAnnette Dianne DaughertyAugust 2018
IntroductionThe case of Dean involves a 16 year-old boy who is struggling with both his identity and his sexuality and dealing with the stress of peer pressure. The factors and feelings of lifespan development that are relevant to the challenges that Dean is facing includes attachment theory. Developing the skills necessary for an individual to build and maintain healthy relationships begins in infancy and continues throughout development into adulthood. The development of these skills is strongly influenced by the child’s relationship with their mother who typically is the main influence in terms of providing a sense of security, and developing appropriate feelings such as trust (Broderick, 2015). This paper will identify and discuss the presenting challenges and primary issues related to Dean’s case study. In terms of theory, Erik Erikson’s 5thstage of ego (identity verses confusion) will be examined in terms of how it relates to Dean’s struggle with his identity and sexuality. Further the influence of peer pressure on Dean’s identity struggle with be addressed. Inaddition, Dean’s father’s role in complicating Dean’s since of self by his expectations of Dean’s place in the family business will be discussed. In addition, the role of culture and social norms asthey relate to the concept of sexuality during different eras will be addressed, and the impact of these competing cultural norms will be discussed in terms of how it is adding to Dean’s identity struggle. Lastly appropriate evidence based interventions for promoting a positive identity development will be presented.Presenting Challenges and Primary IssuesDean’s presenting challenges include not having his biological mother present in his life. Dean’s lack of secure attachment to his mother is interfering with his identity development including his sexual identity. According to typical societal standards adolescent boys are supposed to be interested in adolescent girls. Dean recognizes that other boys in his peer group are interested in girls and are forming relationships with them, while he is not. Dean suspects thatsince he is not interested in girls the way that his peers are that this indicates that he might be gay. However, Dean does not recognize the impact that his lack of bond with his biological mother may be having on his ability to relate to and bond with girls as he sees his peers doing. Inlacking the support and encouragement that comes with a strong mother-child bond, Dean does not have the skills necessary to build appropriate intimate relationships. Dean’s response to intimate relationships or his inability to bond with adolescent girls at this stage in his development is directly related to the lack of appropriate intimacy between his mother and himself.
Another factor affecting Dean’s ambiguity about his sexuality is the lack of support and encouragement he gets from his father. This lack of support and encouragement is also affecting