PSY 7210 Capella University Early Childhood Case Study Analysis

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U04a1] Unit 4 Assignment 1

Case Study Analysis: Early Childhood

For this assignment, you will complete an analysis of a case study that deals with the early childhood stage of development.

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:

  • Angela and Adam, page 165.
  • Dawn, page 199.

Each of the case studies includes a set of questions that can guide your analysis of the pertinent issues for the particular case.


Address the following in your case study analysis:

  • Analyze lifespan development theories to determine the most appropriate theory or 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 in length, 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 or challenges and primary issue or issues.
    • The appropriate lifespan development theory and research-based alternatives that explain the presenting challenges.
    • The 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.

Example assignment: You may use the assignment example, linked in the Resources, to give you an idea of what a Proficient or higher rating on the scoring guide would look like.

Additional Requirements

Submit a professional document, in APA style, that includes the following required elements identified with headings and subheadings:

  • Title page.
  • Introduction (half page).
  • Case study analysis (5 pages).
  • Conclusion (half page).
  • Reference page: Include a minimum of 5 scholarly resources from current peer-reviewed journals as references, in addition to referencing the textbook in which the case study is embedded.
  • Font: Times New Roman, 12 point.

Note: Your instructor may also use the Writing Feedback Tool to provide feedback on your writing. In the tool, click the linked resources for helpful writing information.


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Case Study Analysis: Early Childhood
In trying to understand the areas around an individual’semotional, social or cognitive
process developmental psychology is often employed. Terry worked as a receptionist before she
quit her job to take care of their first child, Dawn. Terry and Bill, a black couple, paid much
attention to their active and assertive daughter and did everything to ensure she grew uprightly.
When the couple got their second child, Darren, they realized that he had a congenital heart
problem that required him to be given maximum attention. Soon they got into a state of financial
difficulty when the medical care demands increased. While Bill took on an overtime job, it was
quite difficult to take care of both children. Much attention was shifted to the care of Darren due
to her fragile health and Dawn was left to handle most things by herself. This led to Dawn
getting upset and hesitant to cooperate in group activities: she would throw toys at others when
she got upset. Terry thought to blame her daughter’s clinginess and tearfulness on her being the
only black child in her class.
The case study depicts the case of Dawn who starts experiencing certain behavioral
changes as a result of getting less attention from her highly committed parents. She gets so
agitated and uncontrollable in school and it is no doubt she is likely to suffer more from this.
Dawn’s change in behavior after the birth of Darren can be understood using Bowlby's
Attachment Theory that illustrates how the mental health and behavioral factors could impact on
early childhood(Spinelli et al., 2017).The child’s future survival was dictated by the formed
attachment.Consequently, Erik Erikson’s Theory of Psychosocial Development can be used to
determine the influence of social and cultural factorson Dawn’s lifespan. In examining and
understanding the changes that occurred to her from childhood and she grew older.
Lifespan Development Theories.



To understand the development of Dawn and the changes that ensued in her behavior,
certain lifespan development theories can be applied(Broderick & Blewitt, 2013).Dawn’s
demonstration of clinginess and crying shows that she is unable to cope without her parents’
maximum attention. One such lifespan development theory is Erikson’s theory which is centered
on psychosocial deve...

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