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Developmental Stages Understanding an adolescent’s behavior can be at times elusive and even frustrating. Due to the multiple aspects of the developmental tasks during these years, it can be at times quite challenging to clearly define the issue(s) at hand. Assessment during this stage will include an evaluation of whether an adolescent’s actions are indicative of unhealthy behavior or merely representative of being an adolescent. A comprehensive assessment that includes an evaluation of the client’s developmental stage is a priority when working with this age group. For this Discussion, choose the opposite case from Discussion 1 and use Erikson’s developmental theory. Post by Day 4 an assessment of whether the client is mastering the stage of identity. Identify the areas that should be addressed in an intervention based on his or her developmental stage. Describe how you might address those areas. Support your posts with specific references to this week’s resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references. To complete your Discussion, click on Discussions on the course navigation menu, and select “Week 4 Forum” to begin. The theories of Erik Erikson and Abraham Maslow are helping me support my view of the world from a humanistic psychological perspective. Maslow has given us a pyramid of needs as we develop to our fullest potential. On the other hand, Erikson has given us representations of our development as we progress from childhood to adulthood in stages; with the successful completion of the preceding stage(s) being the determinate of one’s successful completion of the next stage(s) of development. Thus, if one’s needs in the pyramid are not satisfied and/or acquired, then there will be issues and/or situations in which we cannot function as socially as expected. Accordingly, the same can be said about Erikson, which has a more detailed explanation of the required needs for the fully developmental function of human beings in social life. Therefore, from this premise, I will examine the case study of Tiffani Bradley, a 16-year-old, who was referred to social services, after being arrested for prostitution (Plummer, et al., 2014), from the perspective of an attachment disorder known as Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) (DSM-5, 2013). RAD can take on two forms of social behavior disorders that have been developed because of childhood neglect and/or abuse: 1. The inhibited form is a persistent failure to initiate and/or respond to social interactions in a way that is developmentally appropriate.

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