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1 Assignment 4 Assignment 4 - Case Analysis Dawn Sierra A. Cook Capella University
2 Assignment 4 Introduction There are several issues that are evident from the case study. Dawn, Terry and Bill’s 4- year old daughter, has been experiencing behavioral problems at home and at preschool. This change in behavior started occurring after her younger brother was born. Ever since Terry gave birth to her second child, Darren, she had been focusing on him more due to his congenital heart problem. When Dawn was an only child, Terry and Bill were very attentive and affectionate towards her. For example, whenever Dawn was experiencing a bad temper, Terry would be patient with her and calm her down by playing games. As a very active and assertive toddler, this style of parenting allowed Dawn to express herself in positive ways. However, as time went on, problems started to manifest. Terry and Bill found themselves in financial hardship, which forced Bill to work longer hours. Terry became the immediate care giver of both Dawn and Darren. Caring for two small children and the worries about money created stress for Terry. Her parenting style changed. She exerted more authority, became less attentive, less affectionate toward Dawn, and often left Dawn to entertain or care for herself. In order to get attention from her mother, Dawn was often clingy and threw tantrums. Dawn exhibited the same behavior at preschool and each instance resulted in stronger discipline from Terry. Terry also believes that her daughters ethnicity is a reason for Dawn’s misbehavior in preschool as well. Terry’s resolve is to disciple Dawn to prevent the same behavioral problems before Dawn starts kindergarten. Presenting Challenge An examination and analysis of developmental lifespan theory and research-based intervention processes will be presented based on the characteristics and background of this client. The developmental cultural differences and parenting style will be examined as well.
3 Assignment 4 Lifespan Development Theory Lifespan development theories focus on how children grow and change over the course of childhood. However, each theory centers on different aspects of development that includes cognitive, emotional. and social growth. Theories of development provide a basis for the subject of learning and human growth. Developmental stages are used in various theories of development. Developmental stages are essential to identifying which ages children experience growth milestones. One lifespan development theory, Erikson’s Psychosocial Development Theory, is the most appropriate when analyzing the case study of Dawn and Terry. Erik Erikson’s Psychosocial Development Theory Erikson’s eight stage theory of psychosocial development describes change and growth throughout life while focusing on conflicts and social interactions that arise during different stages of development. Since Dawn is four, she is experiencing Erikson’s Initiative vs. Guilt stage of psychosocial development. During this third stage children assert themselves more

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