Posted: August 8th, 2015
Anna Case Study
For this assignment, you will complete an analysis of a case study that deals with one of the following stages of lifespan development:
You will select one of the following case studies from your Broderick and Blewitt textbook to complete an analysis of the developmental and contextual issues related to the selected case. Each of the case studies includes a set of questions that can guide your analysis of the pertinent issues for the particular case.
Select one of the following case studies to analyze:
For the case study you will be expected to:
Analyze lifespan development theories to determine the most appropriate theory/theories to apply to the case study.
Apply the appropriate lifespan development theory to support an identified intervention process.
Describe the potential impact of individual and cultural differences on development for the current age and context described in the case study.
Write in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations for graduate-level composition and expression.
The case study analysis should be a maximum of 5 pages, including the introduction and conclusion, each of which should be approximately one half-page in length. The body of the paper should not exceed 4 pages.
Provide the following content in your paper:
An introduction that includes an overview of the paper contents, including a brief summary and background information regarding the case study.
The body of the case study, including:
The presenting challenge(s) and primary issue(s).
Appropriate lifespan development theory and research-based alternatives that explain the presenting challenges.
Potential impact of individual and cultural differences on development for the current age and context described in the case study.
Evidence-based support from lifespan development theory and current scholarly research to support appropriate interventions.
A conclusion that summarizes what was introduced in the body of the paper with respect to the case study context, challenges, and interventions.
Submit a professional document, in APA style, that includes the following required elements identified with headings and subheadings
Case study analysis (4 pages).
Reference Page: Include a minimum of five scholarly sources from current peer-reviewed journals as references in addition to referencing the text book in which the case study is embedded.
Font: Times New Roman, 12-point.
Anna is a9 year-old third-grade student in a public school on the outskirts of a large industrial city. She is the oldest of three children who live in an apartment with their mother, a 29 year old white woman recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Despite her young age, Anna’s past history is complicated. Anna’s biological father, Walter, is a 37-year-old who is emigrated from Eastern Europe when he was born in his early 20s. He married Anna’s mother, Karen, when she was 19 years old. The couple married hastily and had a child, Anna, but Walter abandoned his family shortly after Anna’s birth. Walter and Karen had fought constantly about his problems with alcohol. Karen was particularly upset about Walter’s behavior because her own father, now deceased, had suffered from alcoholism and left her mother without sufficient resource to care for herself.
Alone with a child to support and only a high school degree, Karen went to work in the office of a small family-owned business. There she met Frank, one of the drivers who worked sporadically for the company. They married within a month of meeting and, within another year, had a son named John. Karen, with Frank’s grudging consent, decided not to tell Anna about her biological father. She reasoned to believe that frank, who had filled the role of father to both children, was her real parent. Anna was developing normally and seemed to be attached to Frank. But, unknown to Karen, Frank has had some problems of his own. He had been incarcerated for theft as a young man and had an inconsistent employment history. The family struggled to stay together through many ups and downs. When Anna was 6, Karen became pregnant again. Frank wanted Karen to have an abortion because he didn’t think the family’s finances could support another child. Karen refused, saying that she would take on another job once the new baby was born. Ultimately, the married did not survive the many stresses the couple faced, and Karen and Frank were divorced when Anna was 7.
Karen’s situation at work is tenuous because of her medical condition. Her employer balks making accommodations for her, and she fears she might be let go. After the divorce, Karen filed for child support, and Frank was directed to pay a certain amount each month for the three children, but Frank was outraged that he should have to pay for Anna’s care because she was not his biological child. During a particularly difficult conversation, Frank told Anna the “truth” that he was not her “real” father. Karen, still unable to deal with this issue, insisted to Anna that Frank was her biological parent. Karen could not bring herself to mention Walter, whose existence had never been mentioned to the children before. Karen desperately needed the money for Anna’s support, especially because she had amassed substantial credit card debt. She felt her only pleasure was watching shopping shows on TV and ordering items for her children.
In school, Anna is struggling to keep up with her peers. Her academic performance is a full grade level behind, and her teachers are concerned. The school Anna attends has high academic standards and pressures for achievement are intense. Anna behaves in immature ways with peers and adults, alternating between excessive shyness and overly affectionate behavior. She does not appear to have any friendships within the class.
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