Human Behavior in the Social Environment (SWK 5223)

A course at the University of Oklahoma Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work taught by Carrie Jankowski, MSSW, LCSW

Month: October 2016 (Page 1 of 9)

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During the review of my peer’s website, I noticed a very detailed page with great information.  The only suggestions I had for improving the website were as follows: (1) Adding a picture of herself to the website; (2) More detailed information about my peer in the “ABOUT ME” section; and (3) Since she has pages with different topics, the suggestion was made for her to begin a page entitled, “GRADUATE SCHOOL COURSES,” and perhaps maintain a brief description of the courses and how they have impacted her as a Social Worker.

 

In reflecting on my adolescent development, there were many influences that led to me becoming the person I am currently.  The most impactful, positive influences were my parents.  They were extremely responsive, often referred to as authoritative, and they encouraged self-acceptance, self-confidence, while also providing a clearly defined set of rules and expectations.  I was permitted to express my opinions and feelings and was met with understanding, redirection (when needed) and compassion. By far the most negative influence during my adolescence would have been the role of media. At that time, media consisted mostly of television and movies, but they had a profound impact. Hip hop culture was in its infancy, and there were movies about the “guys from the streets,” and how they were living, which was in direct contrast to the life I had with two middle-class working parents. I wanted that life, and my friends and I attempted to mimic much of what we saw in terms of the culture, clothing and attitude. That ultimately led to some rather interesting and combative conversations with my parents; however, I do not regret having experienced it. It allowed me to fully understand that attempting to have someone else’s life is the biggest waste of time I can do with my own life.

Broderick, P. C., & Blewitt, P. (2015). The Social World of Adolescence. The Life Span: Human Development for

Helping Professionals (4th ed. pp 375-377; ). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

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I reviewed Michael L.’s website and think it looks really great! In fact, I really only had 2 suggestions for him: to reduce his About Me page to include a summary of his credentials and experience, as many employers will not be interested to read a lengthy biography; and to include some type of visual to his home page to create some dimension and interest. Otherwise, I thought his website was really professional!

One of the more interesting points made in the text is the importance of finding balance the use of understanding and authority when parenting an adolescent. Based on my own experience, this could not be more true. My adolescent experience included inconsistent parenting methods between my dad and his second wife and a lot of figuring things out on my own. Fortunately, I did okay for myself as far as developing a pretty solid moral compass, compassion for others, and a drive that has gotten me through a lot of things, but the lack of consistency led to a number of questionable decisions and learning the hard way. The one thing parents did agree on was the importance of an education, and school is where I exceled. My drive to do well in school and my discomfort with disappointing my parents, inspired me to focus more on school than socializing, which the text encourages as a goal of parenting. A characteristic I still possess today, though I am much better at balancing school and my social life.

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Referring to the peer review process for student websites, please state three changes you would recommend for your peer’s website and justify reasons for those changes.

Citing the text for specific supportive evidence, name one positive aspect and one negative aspect that influenced your adolescent development.

The first thing I would recommend for my peer to change is the size of her font to bigger because the size appears to be too small, and if there are employers who have issues with their vision it would be difficult to read her blog. The thing I would recommend is for her page to have more pictures to reflect on her contents on her blog. The reason why I felt it is necessary to add more picture is because some employers might be more visual than others and having more picture would to more perspective on to she is trying to convey. The third thing I would change is for her to have more colors to add a bit more creativity to her blog. the reason it’s important is that it would show the employer that she is creative.

The positive aspect that positively shaped my adolescent development was parents because they were very supportive and encouraged me always do my best even I fail i can always get back up. The second negatively impacted my adolescent development was my ethnicity because my peers made fun of me because I was from a different country and they looked at me as uneducated and uncivilized.

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After reviewing my classmates student website the three changes that I would recommend making are: to add a resume to show your past work experience and skills, discuss what you enjoy about working at DHS, and to discuss what you wish to accomplish after completing your MSW. Overall, the website looked great and I could tell that she took time to make it creative and detailed.

One aspect that had a negative influenced my adolescent development was my parents were never involved in my schooling, and kept up with my grades or what classes I was attending. I think if my parents would have been more involved in my schooling as I got into middle school and high school I would have not slacked off as much (Broderick & Blewitt, 2010).

One aspect that had a positive influence on my adolescent development was that my parents closely monitored what I was doing, who I was with and made sure I was not getting into trouble (Broderick&Blewitt, 2010). I believe this kept me from getting into trouble.

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Referring to the peer review process for student websites, please state three changes you would recommend for your peer’s website and justify reasons for those changes.

I reviewed Amber Cook’s website at http://alcook.oucreate.com. I was impressed with the details on this page but have a few things that I feel could be tweaked in order for Amber to present herself to potential employers. The main heading on the page features a photo of flowers with some words describing the theme of the page. This particular theme is a pay-to-upgrade theme and though Amber attempted to personalize the theme with a favorite quote, it appears in conjunction with the original theme description. I think that with a possible commitment to pay for the upgrade to erase the original description, this would be resolved. The only alternative would be to find a theme that has a similar look that is available for free. Potential employers may feel distracted with the words overlaying each other.

The next point I would recommend for a change would be to add a link to the current class website. This will allow potential employers to see what is going on in the class and to possibly gauge how this future employee is doing in the class.

The final point I would recommend would be to increase the font size of the text on the screen. I find them a little difficult to read but it could be due to the background or font color as well. I think potential employers may want to be able to read through some of the past posts to get a better understanding of the person. I understand that this can be easily fixed through zooming in on the website, but then that tends to distort the page and involves some scrolling. By either increasing the size or making it darker, it is more defined.

Citing the text for specific supportive evidence, name one positive aspect and one negative aspect that influenced your adolescent development.

A positive aspect in my adolescent development was the role of school and teachers that I encountered daily. As stated in the text by Broderick & Blewitt (2015), school plays a major part in psychosocial and intellectual development. I felt encouragement by many of my teachers and it helped to foster more self-confidence. A negative aspect is that both my parents had an authoritarian parenting style, often dictating to me how I should act without any real approach to compromise. Parenting styles affect the way children learn and respond. There are distinct differences between cultures as well (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015).

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Three Changes for Peer’s Blog

  1.  Add a resume for reviewing past employment history
  2.  Add markers on “About Me” page for identifying significant activities
  3. Add a “Goals” page for reference of value and knowledge of value to company

Positive and Negative Aspect Influencing My Adolescent Development 

According to Broderick and Blewitt (2015), my parents and a school teacher assisted with shaping my moral standards from a Christian perspective but peers maintained control of my risky behavior (pp. 370 and 384).

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Two part Blog Post:

Referring to the peer review process for student websites, please state three changes you would recommend for your peer’s website and justify reasons for those changes.

Brittney took the extra step to personalize her blog and added an “about” section. It could be beneficial for to Brittney to elaborate more in  her “About” section should a potential employer view her blog.

A explanation of the blog and its initial purpose would also be helpful to someone not familiar with the class.

It could also be beneficial to add other Brittney has done during college to provide other examples of her writing abilities.

Citing the text for specific supportive evidence, name one positive aspect and one negative aspect that influenced your adolescent development.

The text discusses the importance of peer and parental relationships in adolescent development.   I have always had a very close relationship with my father. He was very responsive to my emotional needs while growing up and was a living example of excellent morals.   However, I received conflicting messages from my mother who was often more dismissive and permissive.  It was much easier to make poor decisions with some of the friends I hung out with in high school because it was considered the norm.

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reviewing my peer’s website, I was struck simple but effective look and design. I believe the site would be more attractive to employers if it offered links to a resume, contact information, as well as, a page with a personal bio. By having a balance of professional information and some glimpses of individual personality, the employer can see who you are, and how to get in touch with you.

I have had many colorful experiences as an adolescent which shaped who I am. In a period of where cliques played a major role, I engaged in self destructive behaviors in order to be a part of the group. The benefit was that I learned how to have spirit and take risks when trying new things, but the consequences caused me to drop out of school.

My mother and the role of parenting greatly shaped my identity. My mother exposed me to various races, cultures, and individuals in same sex relationships. This let me know it what okay to be myself, and it was okay to be different.

Terika Mackey 2016-10-27 23:38:18

Two part Blog Post:

Referring to the peer review process for student websites, please state three changes you would recommend for your peer’s website and justify reasons for those changes.
Citing the text for specific supportive evidence, name one positive aspect and one negative aspect that influenced your adolescent development.

 

It reviewing Amanda Roybal’s website there were several strengths and several critiques noted. The first strength was the professional background that she utilized. It was very neat and clean. The second strength was Amanda making her resume available to her website. The first critiques noted on Amanda’s website was for her to add more information such as goals or other educational work she has completed. The second critique was for Amanda to make her about me section the first page viewed when individuals view her website. The last critique was for Amanda to create more pages to her website.

 

One positive aspect that influenced my adolescent development was the fact that my mother allowing me to make decisions about personal issues on my own. My mother did not cause a huge conflict over something such as my hair, what I wore, or music that I listened to. This allowed me to develop my own autonomy, which is critical development for adolescence. One negative influence on my adolescent development was the idea that at time my mother was dismissive or permissive and she allowed my brother and I to get away with more things than she should have. We did not turn out to be terrible adults or individuals.

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Referring to the peer review process for student websites, please state three changes you would recommend for your peer’s website and justify reasons for those changes.

One change that would be beneficial for Krystal would be to name the blog with a title as it currently has the template title. Another change that may add value to the blog would be to add pages that tell a little about Krystal and her work as a graduate student. Lastly, it would be beneficial to elaborate on purpose of the blog.
Citing the text for specific supportive evidence, name one positive aspect and one negative aspect that influenced your adolescent development.

One positive aspect that influenced my adolescent development would be my parents’ and ohter influential adults’ involvement in my life during this time. They were supportive and showed acceptance. By praising my strengths and showing concern for my needs they aided in building self esteem and social adjustment (Broderick, 378). One negative aspect that influenced my adolescent years would be the media and consumer culture. The media often introduces violent, sexual, and commercial messages that are inappropriate for young adolescents. Also, the amount of time spent on media devices could be used for other uses and spending quality time with family and friends (386).

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