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

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BP 12

Regarding the Mindfulness Practice homework assignment, please reflect on that process and share its impact: positive, negative, or neutral. How could you use this in your own life or how could it benefit your clients?

As we discussed in class closure last week, please state 2 things that you are taking away from this course in Human Behavior and the Social Environment.

Congrats on finishing your LAST BLOG for the semester. Hopefully you will continue to use your website for a professional showcase in the future!!


I watched the video posted and really enjoyed it.  I definitely think taking time out to do nothing when stressed could be beneficial in decreasing stress levels; however, when I tried this exercise I was not very successful for my first attempt.  My dog is extremely needy and I haven’t been home much, so when I sat to complete the ten minutes she wanted my attention.  She was whining, running around and trying to do whatever she could to obtain my attention.  I found myself distracted by her and interfering thoughts.  Work is extremely crazy around the holidays, my paternal grandmother is terminally ill and only has a few months to live, my maternal grandmother passed away a year ago this month, family drama and several things I needed to be doing.  I tried to acknowledge each thought and then push it away but I found that I was not very successful.  I think that with more practice and consistency I would improve and that this would be beneficial to incorporate into my life.

One of the biggest things that I am taking away is an overall general knowledge of development throughout the lifespan.  This will help me greatly in my current job and throughout my career. I also became more aware of how an individual’s environment plays a role in their development, social learning and even genetics.

BP 11

Share 2 changes/additions you made to your website (note if they were peer suggested or your own ideas) and explain your reasoning behind it. If you did not make any changes, please state as such.

Explain the relationship between stress, physical health, and mental health as it relates to subjective well-being as concretely evidenced by the text.

I did not make any changes to my blog post.  The classmate that reviewed my blog post suggested that I add a contact page with additional contact information, provide a photo of myself and list experience or special projects that I have done in my professional career.  while I think that adding a contact page with my photo is a good idea, I did not change my page because I did not want any of my current clients to be able to google me and have my personal information. I did not add a section with special projects because I have not participated in any thus far in my career.

When an individual experiences stress in his or her life and does not have appropriate coping skills to utilize, it can have a negative effect on their physical and mental health. When an individual is stressed it can affect their ability to sleep and their eating habits which has a direct affect on physical health.  It can also increase an individual’s risk for chronic illness or specific diseases and cardiovascular decline. Broderick and Blewitt (2015) report that an individual experiencing chronic stress are likely to have a decline in their immune system.  It can have an effect on someone’s emotional health, increasing their likely to make poor decisions or experience intensified reactions to stressful situations. When someone’s physical health declines, this can add to more stress, which can lead to more emotional turmoil.

Broderick, P. C. & Blewitt, P. (2015). The Emerging Self and Socialization in the Early Years. The Life Span: Human Development for Helping Professionals (4th e., pp 526-568). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.



BP 10

Give one example of your own thinking at one or more points in your life that reflect the following:





What are two marker events that could help a young adult to develop into their current level of thinking?

During my personal young adulthood, I believed that college was the next step after high school and that no matter happened  or what I did, I would go to college and succeed.  I believed that I was intelligent and regardless of the effort I put in or the amount of partying I did, that college would be a breeze.  However, after my first semester I realized that this was not true.  I encountered multiplicity, where I learned that people come from different life’s with different perspectives and that college was not the next step for everyone and that if I wanted to succeed I would have to learn it. Broderick (2015) reports that during this stage an individual is confused and that confusion is exacerbated by volume of ideas and information they are given. I learned that I could take perspective from other people and learn from it, but I also learned that just because everyone has their own experiences, values and ideas, not all of them fit into my life.

I believe that two marker events that could help a young adult to develop into their current level of thinking are their decision to obtain higher education and being independent from their family by obtaining their own place of residence. Each of these decisions requires that the young adult grow as an individual, learn new things about themselves, cope with stressful decisions and the consequences of their actions.

Broderick, P. C. & Blewitt, P. (2015). The Emerging Self and Socialization in the Early Years. The Life Span: Human Development for Helping Professionals (4th e., pp 408-437). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

BP 9

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.

Overall I really enjoyed my peer’s website.  The content was insightful and the layout was easy to follow.  IF I were an employer looking at my peer’s site, I would want to see their resume.  This would help me to see his experience, education and current position being held.  My peer’s website had a statement under their name.  I would want them to expand more on this statement creating their own personal statement.  This would give me insight into what is important to them.  In the about me section, I would of liked to see some personal information.  Having some personal information would help me to identify if the person is well rounded.
Citing the text for specific supportive evidence, name one positive aspect and one negative aspect that influenced your adolescent development.

During my childhood I always felt like I didn’t quite fit in with my family; however when I got to middle school I found a group of friends that I fit in with and everything changed for me.  I got confidence and  started establishing my self identity.  As my peer group got a little older, friends within my group began to experiment with alcohol.  And soon my peer group, including myself, was binge drinking every weekend.  My parents had a very dismissive parenting style during my adolescent years and I basically did whatever i wanted including drinking, staying out all night, and skipping school. My deviant behaviors in high school got me into some legal trouble and I found myself having to get a part time job to pay my court fees. This was a very negative experience for me; however I made friends at my job that were not partaking in deviant behaviors which turned into a positive experience for me.  I also learned positive independence, enhanced my self esteem, money management, and established a work ethic.  Broderick and Blewitt (2015) cited all of these as positive aspects that adolescents can obtain while working a part time job.

Broderick, P. C. & Blewitt, P. (2015). The Emerging Self and Socialization in the Early Years. The Life Span: Human Development for Helping Professionals (4th e., pp 180-181). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

BP 8

Reflecting on our mid-term class self-assessment and mutual problem solving exercise, name at least one thing that YOU will do for the rest of the semester in this course to contribute to your personal learning experience and at least one thing that you will contribute to the collaborative learning experience.

Moving forward I plan to have a more through view of the assigned chapter and the objectives when coming to class. I read the chapters; however I do not always have a very detailed understanding of what I have read.  I think the best way for me to be able to do this is to break the chapter up into sections and read a little bit every day before class. Then I will have more time to really learn each section and the chapter as a whole. I also plan to be more actively involved during class time.  I have a habit of zoning out or looking at other things during group presentations and reviews.  I want to ensure that I am giving everyone the same amount of respect by being attentive to their work.  This will help me stay in tuned to what is going on and for my mind to be more open to learning.


Reflecting on specific gender messages in your culture, clearly name 2 messages that are restrictive and 2 that inspire inclusivity.

Cite at least one supporting example from the text as evidence for your ideas.


One example of specific gender message that is often communicated to youth as they grow up is that boys play rough.  Whenever a boy is roughhousing with another boy, adults will often say “boys will be boys”.  It is assumed that boys will play in a more aggressive manner than their female counterparts.  If a female is seen playing rough, it can be a cause of concern and adults in her life will discuss the way a girl should behave.  The textbook calls this rough and tumble play, reporting that this occurs between boys during playtime (Bloderick & Blewitt, pg 296). Another gender specific message that is often portrayed is the color pink is for females and blue is for males.  Girl are often in pink colors and are geared towards domestic items such as babies, house, and cooking.  While boy toys are traditionally blue in color and have more active themes including sports activities, superheroes and weapons.  An example of one way our society inspires inclusivity is through the school system by providing children with the opportunity to work with their own gender and individuals who are of the opposite gender.  This helps children to start to identify their gender identity an build upon it.  In the education setting, more teachers and parents are realizing that children have the ability to learn skills that use to be labeled for one sex.  For example, math use to be considered to be a subject that boys tended to excel at; however it has been proven that girls can also excel in that area as well.  Because of that they are given more of an opportunity to strive in math related subjects.

Broderick, P. C. & Blewitt, P. (2015). The Emerging Self and Socialization in the Early Years. The Life Span: Human Development for Helping Professionals (4th e., pp 180-181). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.


BP 6

Referencing the text, name 2 positive outcomes and 2 negative outcomes that come from visual electronic media use in childhood. Also referencing the text/research, if you were working with a parent who needed guidance on screen use for children, what information might you share?

Research was conducted to determine if the amount of television youth watched during their childhood caused problems for them as they grew up.  During one study it was determined that there is a link in attention difficulties and infants and toddlers that watched TV (as cited in Broderick & Blewitt, 2015).  Later studies revealed that the content found in the television shows impacted whether the child would display issues with attention (as cited in Broderick & Blewitt, 2015).  If the shows were educational in nature versus entertainment in nature the children were found to have no issues with attention difficulties (as cited in Broderick & Blewitt, 2015).   Studies also show that television shows labeled as educational in nature did not improve the  toddlers’ learning versus a toddler whom did not watch the educational television show (as cited in Broderick & Blewitt, 2015).  However a preschoolers’ exposure to educational programing provides some positive effects including preparing them for school.

Broderick, P. C. & Blewitt, P. (2015). The Emerging Self and Socialization in the Early Years. The Life Span: Human Development for Helping Professionals (4th e., pp 180-181). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.


BP 5

Examining the 4 parenting styles as highlighted in the chapter, name one character from today’s pop culture/society that depicts a specific parenting style and describe/cite 4 identifying characteristics as referenced in the text to support your selection.

The character that I have identified is Lorelai Gilmore from the Gilmore Girls.  Lorelai has an authoritative parenting style when raising her child Rory. Lorelai is very responsive to her daughter’s needs by providing individual attention to her, emotional support to her at times of need and by creating a very open and loving environment.  Lorelai also has very demanding ideals when it comes to her daughter’s educational abilities.  She excepts Rory to achieve good grades, study and go to a prominent college.  Lorelai reinforces these goals by taking out a loan for Rory to go to a private high school, staying up late to help her study and by hanging Harvard college posters on her wall as a child.   Lorelai promotes individuality and autonomy by teaching her daughter to be herself and encouraging her to do the activities that she is interested in, regardless of what her peers are interested in.  Lorelai is openly affectionate with Rory, as evidenced by providing hugs, telling her she cares for her and by providing items of comfort when she is emotional or in stress.  Lorelai communicates openly with her daughter and expects her to actively participate in conversations they have.  This creates a two way open dialogue between them, allowing Rory to call her mom whenever she is need to share something or is in crisis.

Broderick, P. C. & Blewitt, P. (2015). The Emerging Self and Socialization in the Early Years. The Life Span: Human Development for Helping Professionals (4th e., pp 180-181). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

BP 4

Reflecting on the New York Longitudinal Study (1977) of behavioral traits of infants, how might the effectiveness of caregiving behaviors be different for children with each temperament (name and address 3 traits specifically)? How could that affect level of attachment between caregiver/parents and child?

Babies that were categorized into the difficult baby category, had behaviors that made caring for them challenging.  For example if the child was more fearful of new objects or new faces, an attentive parent would try to calm the child be providing reassurance to the child through touch or vocalizations; however if the baby was unresponsive to the reassurance it could cause the caregiver to have doubt in their ability to calm their child and affect their future interactions with their child.  If the parent was inattentive during episodes were the baby was facing fear, it could cause the child to experience that response on a more regular basis.  For babies that were categorized in the east baby category, if they had an inattentive caregiver, the parent might assume that their child does not need much positive interaction since the child seems content without it.  Attachment to the caregiver is so significant, especially in the first year of the baby’s life.  A child that is considered an easy baby, may not get the attachment it needs from a caregiver due to the easiness of care.

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