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1Running Head: DAWN’S CASE STUDY ANALYSISEarly Childhood Case Study AnalysisDaniel HernandezCapella UniversityPSY7210- Lifespan Development
2Running Head: DAWN’S CASE STUDY ANALYSISCase StudyDawn is an active and intense African American four-year-old girl. She lives in a small suburban community with her mother, Terry, father, Bill, and little brother Darren. Both Terry and Bill agreed and believed that mothers should stay home with the young children. Although Bill worked to support the family; both parents were very attentive towards Dawn. Dawn became more active and assertive as she was growing in which Terry responded by being patient and affectionate towards any frustrations that were presented. Bill and Terry accepted responsibility of socializing their daughter and decided to enroll Dawn in a church-related program for toddlers and preschoolers. Soon after enrolling Dawn in the church-program, Terry and Bill gave birth to their second child, Darren, when Dawn was three years old. Darren was born with a congenital heart problem that requires a lot of ongoing medical treatment and specific routines of care at home. Due to the ongoing medical treatment and Bill’s limited medical insurance; the couple found themselves in financial difficulty. Bill decided to work overtime at work which caused him to be away from home multiple nights a week and parts of each weekend. Terry found it very difficult to raise two children that require a lot of demands. Any time that Terry had for leisure activities to engage with Dawn prior, were now gone as she had to provide extensive care towards Darren.Terry believed that Dawn was very independent in comparison to Darren which lead to Terry becoming abrupt and demanding when Dawn presented any frustrations. As a result of the changed style of parenting, Dawn has reports from her preschool teacher, Mrs. Adams, that Dawn begins to throw toys when she is upset and frequently refuses to cooperate in any group activities. Terry is greatly embarrassed by Dawn’s behavior and wonders if it has anything to do with Dawn being the only black child in her class. As a result, Terry is worried that Dawn will have problems in future schooling situations if they don’t address her behavior now. Early Childhood Case Study Analysis
3Running Head: DAWN’S CASE STUDY ANALYSISIn developmental psychology, researchers focus on the range of influences, such as genetics and environment, on an individual’s cognition, motor skills, and physical change. In early childhood development, the focus is primarily on physical, cognitive, social, and emotionalchanges (Neppl et al., 2020). The early childhood case study presents that Dawn has been an active, assertive, and intense individual that expresses frustration and demonstrates neediness frequently. The case study of Dawn also suggests that she did not exhibit any extensive behavioral issues prior to Darren being born. At age 4 years old, Dawn is undergoing different

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