Social Development in Infants and Children
The attainment of primary social developmental milestones and the significant life events that usually accompany them have tremendous impacts on the developing individual and that individual’s transactions with the environment.
—Zaslow, Kirst-Ashman and Hessenauer (2019, p. 160)
The structure of a family, the way it functions, the way it handles conflict and discipline, and the way its members show—or do not show—love and affection all have an extraordinary bearing on how an adolescent begins to form his or her ideas, beliefs, attitudes, and values. This week highlights the intersection of an adolescent’s behavior and his or her environment. This intersection may reveal connections, and possible explanations, for particular behaviors in particular environments throughout the life span.
References
Zastrow, C. H., Kirst-Ashman, K. K., & Hessenauer, S. L. (2019). Understanding human behavior and the social environment (11th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.
Learning Objectives
Students will:
• Analyze the assessment of a case through ecological and strengths-based perspectives
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Learning Resources
Required Readings
Zastrow, C. H., Kirst-Ashman, K. K., & Hessenauer, S. L. (2019). Understanding human behavior and the social environment (11th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.
• Chapter 4, “Social Development in Infancy and Childhood” (pp. 159-232)

Holt, N., Kingsley, B., Tink, L., & Scherer, J., (2011). Benefits and challenges associated with sports participation by children and parents in low income families. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 12(5), 490–499.

Plummer, S.-B., Makris, S., & Brocksen S. M. (Eds.). (2014). Social work case studies: Foundation year. Baltimore, MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing. [Vital Source e-reader].
• Working With the Homeless Population: The Case of Diane
• Working With Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Trauma: The Case of Brandon

Roose, R., & DeBie, M., (2008). Children’s rights: A challenge for social work. International Social Work, 51(1), 37–46.

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Assignment: Child Abuse and Neglect
Physical, emotional, and sexual abuse can have a devastating impact on a child and his or her family members. Social workers need to understand how to recognize and respond to cases of abuse expertly and efficiently. With an empathetic and helpful social worker, victims/survivors of abuse can take their first step onto the long road toward healing. For this Assignment, read the case study Working With Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Trauma: The Case of Brandon and then consider what you would do if you were a social worker and had to report a parent of suspected child abuse.

Submit a 2- to 4-page paper in which you review the approach taken by the social worker in Brandon’s case. Identify how the social worker might have used the ecological model to understand Brandon’s situation based on a person-in-environment perspective. Explain the use of the ecological model in this case on micro, mezzo, and macro levels. Describe strengths the social worker may have missed in assessing Brandon and his mother. Review the challenges that the social worker identifies and explain the impact the abuse could have had on Brandon had his strengths not been identified and addressed. Please use the Learning Resources to support your answer.