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ANGELA AND ADAM: A CASE STUDY ANALYSIS 1Angela and Adam: A Case Study AnalysisHeather EichholzCapella University
2ANGELA AND ADAM: A CASE STUDY ANALYSISAngela and Adam: A case Study AnalysisIntroductionThe case study presented deals with the drudgery of teenage pregnancy and the havoc it wreaks on an already stressed mother-daughter relationship and the dysfunctional dynamic developing between mother and son. The lifespan developmental theories that will be researched and spoken about revolve around Attachment theory, Differential Emotions Theory, and Socio-Cultural theory. Intergenerational transmission of attachment will also be touched on. Research-based intervention processes, as well as developmental cultural differences will be presented based upon the characteristics and background of this client. These theories will be discussed in relation to the quality of attachment between Angela and Adam, as well as the quality of attachment between Sarah and Angela. This case study focuses on a Caucasian 17-year-old female named Angela that dropped out of high school to have her son, Adam. Currently, Angela and her son, Adam, live with her mother, Sarah. Angela assumed most of the caretaking responsibilities of Adam and ended up resenting the restrictions having a child placed on her life and ended up handling Adam rough and raised her voice. Angela and her mother, Sarah, have a strained relationship that dates back to Angela’s father leaving that she believes is the result of her mother’s angry outbursts and did not improve with Angela having a baby in high school, not wanting to finish school and not helping with the financial support of the family.Presenting Challenges and Developmental TheoriesSeveral issues are present in this case study. Drawing immediate attention is the depression that Angela felt during pregnancy. Environmental factors that impact the expectant mother negatively can result in stress hormones passing through the placenta causing adjustments to take place in the fetuses developing stress system (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015).
3ANGELA AND ADAM: A CASE STUDY ANALYSISThis may explain Adam’s frequent crying for no apparent reason as studies have found a correlation between maternal stress and the appearance of emotional problems (Weinstock, 2005). The second issue identified is the indifference that Adam has towards Angela and in turn, Angela’s rough treatment of Adam when he continues to cry or does not react to her in the fashion she desires. This mother-son interaction shows signs of Erikson’s first stage of psychosocial development, “Trust vs. Mistrust.” Early emotional bonds are an integral part of human nature and Angel’s demonstration of lack of reliability in her reactions to Adam’s needs may result in him developing mistrust towards the world (Syed & McLean, 2018). A third issue

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