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For your final Assignment, you will write a 6–8 page case study paper that
describes a hypothetical person in two stages of life development. View
the person as a hypothetical client if you are studying Applied Behavioral
Analysis (ABA) or Addictions or as a participant in a longitudinal
research study if you are studying General Psychology. The goal of this
paper is for you to present a developmental profile of a person in two
consecutive stages of life (e.g., early and middle childhood), explaining
their individual growth using biological, social, psychosocial, cognitive,
and environmental theories. Select developmental periods that interest you
and that correspond to your future career plans. For example, if you are
studying to be an addictions specialist and want to work with adolescents,
you might select adolescence and early adulthood.
To begin, select the scenario that corresponds to your concentration track;
then, choose two successive developmental stages. Create an outline of the
client’s different developmental features during each of the developmental
periods. Write a paper that follows the sample case study format (see
below the scenarios). You must use at least five primary source references
that are from peer-reviewed journals and the class text.
Applied Behavioral Analysis
Client: Jackson
Age range: you decide — example early adulthood (20–40 yrs.) to middle
adulthood (40–60 yrs.).
Jackson has developed phobias over the last few years, specifically to
spiders, heights, and germs. He (or his parents, if you make him a child) is
uncertain as to when they began or how. However, the fear is debilitating
and prevents him from being able to function in his life.
Questions to use to guide your response:
1. What are the main features of Jackson’s cognitive, social, biological, and
psychosocial development during two developmental periods?
2. Which therapeutic interventions would you suggest for helping him to reduce
the fear? (Hint: Again, consider his developmental period in order to create
appropriate interventions.)
3. What predictions would you make for some developmental issues that might
contribute to the phobias or prevent treatment from working?
Addictions
Client: Michelle
Age range: you decide — example early adulthood (20–40 yrs.) to middle
adulthood (40–60 yrs.).
Michelle has been referred to you because she was arrested last week for
possession of heroin with intent to distribute. She also tested positive for
heroin and marijuana, adding to her charges. She has no history of prior
treatment and is unwilling to enter treatment now, though she was court
ordered.
Questions to use to guide your response:
1. What are the main features of Michelle’s cognitive, social, biological, and
psychosocial development during two developmental periods?
2. What developmentally appropriate interventions would you propose that could
be used to help Michelle to reduce her cravings?
3. What predictions would you make for some developmental issues that might
contribute to the addiction problems or prevent treatment from working?
General Psychology
Participant: Patrick
Age range: you decide — example adolescence (12–17 yrs.) to early
adulthood (20–40 yrs.).
You are studying the development of people who lived in New Orleans
during Hurricane Katrina. Your participants lost everything, including at
least one close family member. Your particular interest is in studying
issues faced by them (including possible developmental problems) related
to moving away from New Orleans, loss of house, loss of a family
member, and change in economic status. To study these effects, you are
conducting a longitudinal study using the same population, interviewed
annually over many years to collect data. The main interest is in gathering
data related to the specific effects of experiencing a disaster on social,
biological, psychological, psychosocial, and cognitive development of
different-aged people.
Patrick is one of your subjects who was forced to live in Texas
temporarily and then moved to New Jersey before returning to New
Orleans 3 years later.
Questions to guide your response:
1. What are the main features of Patrick’s cognitive, social, biological, emotional,
and psychosocial development during two developmental periods?
2. What predictions would you make concerning the results of your findings for
people in the two developmental periods? What interventions or strategies
would you suggest for reducing the effects of exposure to disasters?
3. What further studies do you propose that could be created to explore your
predicted findings?
Industrial/Organizational
Participant: Maxine
Age range: you decide — example early adulthood (20–40 yrs.) to middle
adulthood (40–60 yrs.).
Maxine has experienced increased anxiety since her promotion to
supervisor. She is currently responsible for supervising a work group of 30
people. Her employer noticed that she has been irritable and shorttempered upon promotion.
Questions to use to guide your response:
1. What are the main features of Maxine’s cognitive, social, biological, and
psychosocial development during two developmental periods?
2. Which therapeutic interventions would you suggest for helping her to reduce
her irritability and anger?
3. What predictions would you make concerning some developmental issues that
might contribute to the issue or prevent treatment from working?
Case Study Suggested Format and Strategies
Research
Begin by selecting two developmental periods (remember that they need
to be consecutive) and research the typical expectations for cognitive,
social, moral, and biological development. Then conduct research using a
peer-reviewed journal such as Developmental Psychology or Child
Development to determine what kinds of developmental problems might
arise in your chosen scenario.
Use that research and knowledge of developmental theory to create your
hypothetical client/participant case study.
Writing Case Studies
1. Introduction: Describe the problems to be solved, including specific information
about the client/participant. Be clear in explaining the exact problem(s) or
research question(s) so that your reader will be able to understand the rest of
the case study.
2. Background: In this section, describe in detail the specific developmental issues
and pertinent background that would help to explain why the client/participant is
experiencing problems in the present. Typically, this section includes the age
the problem started and any specific information from the past that relates to
the current problems (e.g., child of an alcoholic).
3. Current State: In this section, explain the client/participant’s strategies for
handling the problem(s). Explain the client/participant’s current developmental
stages.
4. Suggested Interventions: In this section, explain how the client/participant might
benefit from specific treatments or interventions. Remember to use peerreviewed research to support your ideas.
5. Conclusion: Provide a brief restatement of the problem and ideas for future
study to help others who have the same problems.

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