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

Author: Chris Hyland

BP 9


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.

BP 8

One thing that I will do for the rest of the semester in this course to contribute to my personal learning experience is read the chapter of the week, then answer the objectives for that chapter. By doing so I will get a better understanding of what material I should be taking away from the chapter.

One thing that I will do to for the rest of the semester in this course to contribute to the collaborative learning experience is share my ideas and experiences with the class. I believe it is important that multiple ideas and viewpoints are shared in order to get an in depth learning experience.

BP 7


Our culture is full of gender specific messages that say what boys and girls can and can’t do.  These messages can be either restrictive, meaning it is a message directed toward one gender or the other, or inclusive, which includes both genders.

One restrictive message in our society is that boys should not show emotion or cry.  In the textbook, the authors discuss that parents place more pressure on preschool boys than girls to not cry or express emotions (Broderick & Blewitt, 2010). Another restrictive message in our culture is that boys should not play with dolls or conform to other gender-stereotypic activity.

One inclusive message in our society is that girls can partake in physical activities such as weight lifting, basketball, MMA and other sports. Girls have become more and more included in the sports world over the years. Another inclusive message in our culture is that females are encouraged to pursue  careers in science and math, where as they did not used to be.

BP 6

According to the textbook, infants and toddlers are drawn to the visual stimuli of electronics such as television because if the draw to their attention with rapidly changing sights and sounds (Broderick & Blewitt, 2010). There is many studies that show a link between infant electronic media viewing and later attention problems (Broderick & Blewitt, 2010). Another problem with children’s early use of electronic media is that it takes time away from activities that are responsive to the child, such as a parent reading to the child (Broderick & Blewitt, 2010).

One benefit of children using electronics is the opportunity of learning about computers, which is important in our day in age (Broderick & Blewitt, 2010). Another benefit is that studies have found that video games are shown to improve visual-spacial skills (Broderick & Blewitt, 2010).

If I were working with a parent I would recommend limiting the amount of time the child is on the electronic device.


The character from todays pop culture that I chose is Peter Griffin, and his parenting style is neglecting-uninvolved. Peter is categorized as a neglecting-uninvolved because he shows very low interest in his kids lives, especially Meg’s. Peter is always off doing his own thing with his friends and not involved in his children’s lives.

Another charateristic that categorizes Peter as a neglectful-uninvolved parent is that he is not responsive to his children’s needs. As mentioned above, Peter spends 99% of his time at the bar with his buddies or involved in some kind of adventure.  When he is home with the kids he avoids them, or makes his wife, Louis tend to their needs.

Peter also makes negative attributes to his children. Usually Meg is  the one insulted the most but he has been seen to call Chris fat and Meg ugly.

Lastly, Peter is categorized as a neglectful-uninvolved parent because he is never seen being affectionate to his children. There are maybe a handful of times Peter is seen being affectionate toward his children.


The  New York Longitudinal Study found that they could categorize 3 month olds into four temperament types: Difficult babies, Easy babies, slow to warm-up babies and a fourth category of babies that did not fit into any of the other three temperament groups. Difficult babies, when compared to the other babies, showed more signs of fear, irritablilty, they were more active, displayed less positive affect and were more irregular. Parent’s with a “difficult baby” might be able to affect the level of attachment by being responsive to the needs of the baby without getting agitated. The Easy babies were less active, more positive and more placid. These parent’s will have an easier time affecting the level of attachment as basic care, affection and attending to the babies needs will form secure attachment. Slow to warm up babies show more wariness in new situations and are fearful. These parents will need to be alert of their child and attend to it when needed. Parents will need to be patient with child and not get irritated.


Citing three examples from Chapter 3, discuss the trend of decreasing play activity from school schedules in exchange for more academics. How might it affect children’s development for better or worse?

The trend of decreasing play activity from school schedules in exchange for more academics may have a negative effect on children’s development.  Piaget believed that learning results from the dynamic interaction between assimilative and accommodation. Children assimilate by interpreting new information from the environment in ways that fit what they already know. Children accommodate existing knowledge to create a better understanding of the new information they are taking in from the environment. With more play activity children will be able to learn as they take in new activities from the toys and kids around them, accommodating  with what they already know.  Vygotsky, believed that children’s cognitive development is affected by the role of culture and society and learning from others. Also, the more children hear words and vocabulary, the more their vocabulary will grow. Children will interact with other children during times of play.

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