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1 Running Head: CASE STUDY ANALYSIS: ADOLESCENCE TO EMERGING ADULTHOOD Case Study Analysis: Adolescence to Emerging Adulthood Capella University PSY7210: Lifespan Development Charletta Carter-McWoodson November 29, 2020
2 CASE STUDY ANALYSIS: ADOLESCENCE TO EMERGING ADULTHOOD Case Study Analysis: Adolescence to Emerging Adulthood Introduction Behavioral disorders in childhood and adolescence can place considerable strain on individuals, their family, and society in general. These disorders are becoming increasingly recognized as an area of major public health concern (Christenson et al., 2017), and can become a burden to society with major economic and social costs (Broderick & Blewitt, 2020). Adolescence with conduct problems tend to engage in a broad array of problem behaviors that range from defiance to physical aggression as well as stealing (Booker et al., 2016). Conduct problems can start early and remains a problem in school settings affecting student’s overall health and safety (Broderick & Blewitt, 2020). In the case study presented by Broderick and Blewitt (2020), Kevin Miller is a white, fifth grade student at Greentree Elementary school who seems very intelligent and has particular interests and abilities in sports and computer games. In second grade, he was a candidate for the school’s gifted and talented program; however, he does little studying and finds the assignments boring. Kevin talks to other students while he is in class when he should be working. He also makes disrespectful comments to his teachers and tries to get away with doing what he pleases most of the time. As Kevin moved up in grades, problems have increased from some concerns about his attention span in the early grades to more serious issues in the later grades. Kevin’s behavior in fifth grade has become progressively more disruptive and his fifth-grade trip privilege will be revoked because of an accumulation of disciplinary offenses. Kevin’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Miller, have a history or conferencing with the principal and school counselor. Even though they are unhappy with Kevin’s behavior; the Millers believe it is their job to stand up and support their only son. Kevin’s parents feel he is misunderstood and
3 CASE STUDY ANALYSIS: ADOLESCENCE TO EMERGING ADULTHOOD believe he is a good boy with an irrepressible spirit and intellect that get him into trouble. The Millers placed Kevin in private counseling at the end of fourth grade, as encouraged by the school counselor. With the new consequence in place for Kevin, he is upset and believes the punishment is extreme. The Millers also disagree with the punishment and decide to contact the school’s superintendent to have the decision changed. After considering the case, the superintendent changed the consequence to an in-school suspension and Kevin is allowed to participate in the class trip.

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