PSY7210 Lifespan Development Unit 4 Assisgnment 1 Julie Lalowski Case Study Analysis.docx

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Running head: CASE STUDY ANALYSIS 1 Case Study Analysis Julie M. Lalowski Capella University
CASE STUDY ANALYSIS 2 Case Study Analysis Angela is a teen mother who had a baby named Adam at 17. Adam is now 11 months old. Adam and Angela live with Sarah, Angela’s mother. Sarah is also a single mother, because Angela’s father abandoned the family when Angela was 7, which Angela blames Sarah for. Sarah works as a food server and hoped Angela would help financially after graduation, but now Sarah is supporting Adam also. Their relationship is strained. Angela feels her mother never really cared about her and Sarah feels Angela does not appreciate all she has done for her. The father of Adam is not in the picture, therefore Angela takes on all the caretaking responsibilities herself. She tries to be a good mother but feels ambivalent and resentment because she does not have the freedom she used to. Angela also feels frustrated because Adam cries a lot, and she does not know what is wrong. Angela is sometimes rough with Adam when he continues crying. When Angela wants to play with Adam he will not smile or pay attention to her, and Angela gets upset. She raises her voice and make him look at her by holding his face with her hands, which makes her feel she is not a good mother. The following paragraphs will look at how Bowlby’s Attachment Theory and Erikson’s Psychosocial Stages of Development impact the relationships between Angela and Adam and Angela and Sarah; and how they play into interventions. It will also discuss the influence of culture in how we perceive attachments and ourselves. Lifespan Development Theories and Challenges According to Bowlby’s Attachment Theory (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015) a child will have an attachment to a primary caregiver, usually the mother, and it will affect their social, emotional, and cognitive development. This happens in a sequence, and by the time a child is
CASE STUDY ANALYSIS 3 Adam’s age most children will have an attachment, whether it be secure or insecure. Secure attachments involve sensitive caregiving. According to Mesman and Emmen (2013) the definition of sensitivity is the caregiver’s capability to notice when a child gives a signal, being able to read the signal accurately, and react to the signal quickly and properly. The caregiver will make the child feel content and the caregiver puts their own needs on hold. It appears that Angela is not taking the sensitive caregiver role because she is having a hard time figuring out what Adam’s signals mean when he is crying, therefore she is not able to react to the crying properly or in a manner that will comfort or satisfy Adam. Also, Angela is not thinking about the stress

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