Case Study Analysis: Adulthood
For this assignment, you will complete an analysis of a case study that deals with one of the following stages of lifespan development: middle adulthood or later adulthood.
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:
- David, page 554.
- Lupe, page 524.
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 a 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.
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 (4 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.
CASE STUDY (DAVID)
David is a 52-year-old White male who has spent the last 24 years in the human resource field. Most recently, he held the position of supervisor in the billing department of a midsized hospital in a rural state. He worked hard to obtain a master’s degree while on the job at the hospital and always had high aspirations for himself professionally David has three children from his first marriage, which ended in divorce. His first wife Anne, who is 50, works as a preschool teacher in another part of the state. Their children’s ages are 16, 20, and 22. Both older children started to attend college but may have to drop out temporarily due to financial difficulties. David feels that it is his responsibility to support his children’s education, and he has been paying as much of their tuition as he can afford. David and his second wife live in a new, but modest home in a community on the outskirts of the state capital close to David’s job. David’s second wife, Sandy, has twin 14-year-old boys. One of the twins has a serious learning disability and needs extra tutoring and a great deal of parent support to keep up academically. Sandy works part time in a department store to be home to help her sons. David and Sandy have a good relationship. Sandy’s widowed mother lives nearby and helps with the twins on a regular basis.
Recently, the hospital system that employs David merged with a large network of medical providers to cut costs and use resources more efficiently. David’s job at the hospital is becoming more complicated, requiring more and more processing of information that involves advanced computer technology. At a recent professional meeting, David learned from others in his network that many jobs were being cut and many tasks redistributed to the employees that remained. David feels that this has already happened in his workplace. He has noted a dramatic increase in the amount of paperwork required and a distinct decrease in the time allotted to meet deadlines. His supervisory responsibilities have expanded to include workers from another unit that merged with his own in a major departmental realignment. David’s direct supervisor will be retiring soon, and David will be a candidate for that position. He knows that this promotion would mean more income, but it would also mean even more work responsibility. David now spends his weekends going to the office to catch up on tasks. He is not as available as he once was to spend time with his children, and this has caused some problems in his relationship with his wife. He is starting to feel that all the paperwork his job requires is not meaningful in ways that are important to him.
David has recently begun to suffer from significant pain in his lower back that he believes might be related to a traffic accident that happened when he was younger. The pain keeps him from sleeping well and has contributed to his feeling more “on edge” during the day. David’s physician prescribes two medications to help him sleep better and to reduce anxiety. David has started to drink a few beers when he comes home at night to “calm himself down” as well. The sleep medication he has been taking helps him fall asleep, but now he wakes up at 3:00 am with his mind racing. He’s recently learned that his 16-year-old son has been cutting classes and failing tests. His ex-wife, who has custody of their teenage son, has been pressuring him to help her with this problem situation.
Identify the risks and protective factors that are present in David’s life story. What information, not presented here, would be helpful to know if you were to make a more comprehensive list of risks and protections?
How do you conceptualize David’s situation? What aspects are relate to his midlife stage?
What treatment approach would you take if he were to come to you for help? What other behavioral changes might you suggest?
Broderick, Patricia C., Pamela Blewitt. Life Span, The: Human Development for Helping Professionals, 4th Edition. Pearson Learning Solutions, 01/2014. VitalBook file.
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