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Running head: CASE STUDY ANALYSIS: EARLY CHILDHOOD 1 Case Study Analysis: Early Childhood The Case Study of Terry, Bill and Dawn Norma I. Webb PSY7210 Capella University
CASE STUDY ANALYSIS: EARLY CHILDHOOD 2 The Case Study of Terry, Bill and Dawn Introduction Dawn is a 4-year-old little girl who was raised as a single child for the first three years of her life with her mom Terry and her dad Bill. Dawn was always an active child who always had attention from both her parents. Terry showed patience and affection to Dawn constantly when Dawn was difficult and had a bad temper. Terry and Bill had another child, a son named Darren when Dawn was three years old. He was born with a congenital heart problem, requiring a lot of Terry’s time and attention resulting in less for Dawn. Due to baby Darren’s congenital heart problem he required ongoing medical care as well as a set regimen of care at home. Therefore, with the financial strain that came along with the medical care for Darren, Bill had to pick up more hours at work to cover some of the bills that were piling up leaving Terry to take on the responsibility of both children. With Dawn being the older child, Terry began to view her as grown-up and believed she was capable of doing more for herself. However, with all the new changes surrounding Dawn she began to misbehave in school. Dawn’s preschool teacher mentioned to Terry that Dawn’s behavior was becoming a problem. She would throw toys when she was upset and refused to participate in group activities. Terry wondered if her being the only black child was the root of the cause. When they returned home from school, Terry put Dawn on time-out for her behavior. Terry feared there would be issues when the time came for Dawn to attend Kindergarten if she was not tough on her now. The purpose of this paper is to review the chosen case study, analyze and determine the lifespan development theories that apply, apply the appropriate lifespan development theory to
CASE STUDY ANALYSIS: EARLY CHILDHOOD 3 support an identified intervention process, and describe the potential impact of individual and cultural differences on development for the current age and content described in the case study. Primary Issues and Challenges One issue associated with this case study is the new addition to the family. The birth of a child/sibling in a family can be a stressful time for everyone (Volling, Yu, Gonzalez, & Kennedy, 2014). For Dawn, having a new sibling who demands so much attention from both parents is the primary issue for this case study. Dawn is young and therefore, does not understand that her baby brother requires a lot of care from mom and dad because of his heart problems. According to Volling et al. (2014), “the parent-firstborn attachment relationship is being threatened by a rival relationship developing between the parents and the newborn” (p, 635).

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