Evaluate developmental milestones of behavior based on psychological theories

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HN377-2: Evaluate developmental milestones of behavior based on psychological theories.

GEL-5.2: Analyze the impact of human expressions on culture.

For your Unit 7 Assignment, you will write a paper in which you act as a human service worker to analyze a case study. The purpose of this paper is to challenge you to use your formal writing/thinking skills to evaluate the scenario using the developmental theories you have studied.

Talia, a 17-year-old biracial (Caucasian/Asian) female, is currently a senior in high school. She lives with her mother and her younger brother. The family is currently struggling financially. Talia’s parents divorced when she was 4 and her father moved away; their contact with him is infrequent. She sometimes feels as though a part of her identity is “missing” as she has learned very little about her Asian background and culture due to the absence of her father over the years. Talia has experienced a drop in self-esteem over the past year due to developmental struggles. She is beginning to feel pressure about her future plans and is having trouble making a decision. She has attended a vocational program for cosmetology during her junior and senior year, but is also interested in teaching or possibly culinary school.

  1. Using Erikson’s theory of psychosocial development or Marcia’s approach to identity development, assess Talia’s current struggle with her future plans.

  2. Examine the influence of culture and cultural identity on Talia’s situation.

  3. Suggest interventions to assist Talia in resolving her current conflict and to improve her self-esteem.

While the text is your main source for this project, you should use a minimum of one other research article from peer-reviewed journals that you found in the Kaplan Library. This project should be written adhering to the guidelines of Standard American English and should be between 3-4 pages long, not including the title page and the reference page. You are required to give credit to the sources you use, and to use proper APA formatting. Refer to the APA Quick Reference on Course Home, the Kaplan Writing Center, or your instructor for help with APA. Remember that all work must be your own and that plagiarism is not tolerated. Be sure to review the plagiarism policy in your Syllabus.


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