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1 Running Head: CASE STUDY ANALYSIS: EARLY CHILDHOOD Case Study Analysis: Early Childhood Heather Jones Capella University PSY7210: Lifespan Development Charletta Carter-McWoodson November 6, 2020
2 CASE STUDY ANALYSIS: EARLY CHILDHOOD Case Study Analysis: Early Childhood Introduction When one child in a family is sick with a life-threatening illness, it affects the whole family. For parents, taking care of the child in distress can become all consuming, and it can become difficult to make sure siblings are getting what they need, too. In the case study presented by Broderick & Blewitt (2020), a four-year-old African American girl named Dawn is presented. Dawn is the daughter of Bill and Terry, and has a little brother, Darren. Bill is the sole provider in the home while Terry is a stay at home mom and cares for Dawn and Darren. When Dawn was little, her parents played with her and were very attentive to her. As she developed, Dawn became more active and spirited. Terry would show patience and affection when Dawn fussed or became frustrated. Terry was able to coax Dawn out of her frustrations by making up games that she enjoyed playing. To help Dawn socialize with children her age, Bill and Terry sent her to a church-related preschool three mornings each week. Dawn’s little brother, Darren, was born when she was three years old. Shortly after he was born, he was diagnosed with a congenital heart disease that would require ongoing medical attention as well as attention from Bill and Terry. Due to the medical expenses, Bill had to get a second job which caused him to be away several nights during the week. Caring for two small children and worrying about finances, Terry found herself stressed and less patient with Dawn. Dawn began to have behavior problems at home especial during the quiet time Terry had recently implemented. She also started having behaviors at preschool by throwing toys and refusing to cooperate in activities. Terry began to worry with her behavior and wondered if she and Bill had spoiled Dawn when she was little. She also wondered if Dawn being the only African American child in the preschool had anything to do with her behaviors.
3 CASE STUDY ANALYSIS: EARLY CHILDHOOD Presenting Challenge There are a few challenges Dawn has started facing and all at the same time including attachment, parenting style, and stress. There was a sudden shift in Dawn’s attachment with Terry. Dawn went from being secure with her mother to being avoidant. Terry’s parenting style also changed from permissive to authoritarian which could increase the recent behaviors Dawn has faced. With all the recent changes Dawn has faced, she seems to have difficulty with self- regulation in her behaviors due to the stress within the home.

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