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: Cortney Lasater (Page 1 of 2)

Community Intervention Presentation

Community Intervention CT4848

Community Intervention for Census Tract 4848

Community Intervention CT4848




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.

I did not care for the mindfulness practices that related to meditation like in the TedX discussion. I don;t think it would personally be helpful to me as I have my own ways of coping. I do think that perhaps for clients that do not have coping skills I could give them this information and refer them to a person who could be a better example and demonstrate to them.

I will certainly take away the importance of every stage of the lifespan from this course. Learning that the brain is ever evolving and constantly influenced by the environment is something I can see everyday. I also liked the application opportunity that the case study paper created. It helped me to put these theories into practice and apply them to a real life situation.


Please respond to the following:

  • 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 added a resume to my blog because it was suggested and I thought it was something that would be informative. I did not do the other suggestions because they were in regard to my layout and the color of my name. These seem like preferences more than semantics and I like the visual of my blog.

Stress directly affects a person’s physical health and mental health. The text states that there is evidence to clearly support the bidirectional communication process, which is the relationship between the brain and immune systems in relation to stress (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). The text states specifically that the acute phase of a body’s stress response depresses immune system functioning (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). Chronically increases levels of cortisol are linked to cardiovascular decline in middle-ages and older adults (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). Lastly, research has shown that psychological stressors operate on the body similar to infectious agents (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015).

Blewett, P., & Broderick, P.C. (2015). The Life Span: Human Development for         Helping Professionals. (4th Ed.). United States of America: Pearson.


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?

The text defines dualism as a person who in young adulthood, believes what their authoritative parents have instilled in them, and never question these ideas. An example of this thinking in my own life was relevant until about two months ago. I went to church with my family as a southern baptist my entire life, I did not do this because I was aligned with the beliefs, but because it was the expectation of my family. With my own family now, my husband and I decided recently to venture out and explore other religious sects. We have found our own home church and it has been a very positive experience for our small and young family.

Prelegitimate multiplicity in the text is defined as a young adults questioning of instilled principles when faced with other theories and beliefs. In my own life this happened for me in college. My family was not accepting to the LGBTQ community, and I myself had not been respectful or welcoming to this group. I ended up having a homosexual male as a roommate by default of neither of us having another option. This immediately blossomed into a beautiful friendship through which he and I found great support and used each other to learn.

Graduate school for me has brought on relativism. The text defines this as a major intellectual achievement of looking at the world differently. Although I am halfway through one semester, I feel as if I am already more accepting and understanding of the people I work with, both clients and professionals. I do not have an undergraduate degree in social work, so that may be the cause for such profound revelations, but I also think it has to do with the place I am in my life right now.

Tow marker events to help a young adult develop into their current level of thinking could be education and life experiences. Any form of education whether it is university or individual research can open a young adult’s eyes to ideas they have never imagined. Life experience is the most important in my opinion. The more places  you go and people you genuinely get to know and learn from, the more you are able to build an understanding for people different that yourself.

Blewett, P., & Broderick, P.C. (2015). The Life Span: Human Development for         Helping Professionals. (4th Ed.). United States of America: Pearson.


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.

In review of my peer’s blog post I learned some things to implement into my own blog as well. One thing I would change was the layout used. The layout made the name small and also made the extra pages small. I found it hard to notice the other pages. I also thought the layout did not allow for much color and variance. The layout itself resembled something like a newspaper, which is great for a blog post alone, but not so impressive for the resume sections. Lastly, I would recommend making the resume page or the about me page the first page that comes up rather then the blog posts. The posts are good for writing samples and content, but I wouldn’t image it would be the first thing an employer would want to see.
Citing the text for specific supportive evidence, name one positive aspect and one negative aspect that influenced your adolescent development.

One positive aspect of my adolescent development would fit into the chapter’s section on leisure and work. I was very involved in sports. I played fast pitch softball in the summer and into the fall, basketball in the winter, slow pitch softball in the spring, cheerleading in the fall, and track in the spring. As the book states, athletic involvement in school programs helps the adolescent to have more desirable qualities than those who are not participating in extracurricular activities (Broderic & Blewitt, 2015).

A negative impact on my adolescent development would be the parenting styles of my grandparents who raised me. For my sister academic success was held to a higher importance and she was expected to get all A’s. For me, I was praised for only getting one C on a report card. I was deemed as the “not as smart” kid. This caused a lack of self confidence in my early college years and I did not do as well as I know see that I could have.


Blewett, P., & Broderick, P.C. (2015). The Life Span: Human Development for Helping Professionals.(4th Ed.). United States of America: Pearson.


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.

For the rest of the semester, I will make it a point to be better prepared for classes. I will make sure that I know the material being reviewed and presented so that I can have three exposures to the material. In order to contribute more to the collaborative experience, I am going to do better at sharing things that are working for me. I am very organized and I could help someone with that area. I am also going to take that a step further and make sure that I am having conversations with my classmates to see what works for them in areas that are creating stress for me.


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.

In my family growing up there were very stereotypical gender roles. One example of the restrictiveness of this is that all of the males in my family were expected to play sports, football was emphasized. As a female I was expected to be a cheerleader. I remember being forced to try out for high-school cheerleader, despite the fact that I had no desire to be a cheerleader. When looking at inclusivity, one example from my family would be playing sports in general. We were all encouraged to play sports, I played every sport available for girls. My sister who was more musically talented was often treated as an outcast for being more introverted. I strongly believe if a girl in my family wanted to play football or a boy wanted to be a cheerleader there would be discussions about what is for boys and what is for girls. None of us ever asked to play a sport stereotyped for a certain gender. I believe this is because of our knowledge of gender stereotypes as addressed in the book. From a young age we were corrected and lead to believe the same stereotypes that we were raised up in. When it came time to participate in sports, about middle school aged, we had an extensive knowledge of the stereotypes we were expected to conform to as explained in the text.

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?

One negative outcome for infants who watch too much television comes up in attention problems later in life. Children are over stimulated with the rapid changing of scenes and some research supports that these children can have problems regulating their attention at older ages. Another negative of too much exposure to electronic media is that it takes away from the critical time that can be spent on achievement-related activities.

When it comes to children and adolescents, watching educational television shows does have some positive impact on the child’s learning. It can improve their vocabulary and help prepare them for school. One more positive from electronic media use, when the correct media is given to the child, it can help develop specific knowledge and have a positive impact on the child’s cognitive skill development.

If I were working with a parent who needed guidance on screen use for their child I would start off by stating that screen time should be minimal, if any, for infants. The text states that a good recommendation for preschool aged children is one to two hours per day maximum. As children get older, more time can be allowed, but it is very important that the parent is monitoring what the child is being exposed to. The text states that for older children it is important to make sure that the exposure does not interfere with other types of learning that the child needs at that age.


Blewett, P., & Broderick, P.C. (2015). The Life Span: Human Development for Helping Professionals. (4th Ed.). United States of America: Pearson.


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.

Farrah Abraham from Teen Mom OG is, in my opinion, a permissive parent. Farrah is highly responsive to her child Sophia. She talks to her and listens to her well. On the other hand, she is low on her demands to Sophia. She does let Sophia get away with a lot of behaviors. Sophia at times acts out for attention, and Farrah is passive in dealing with it and mostly just asks Sophia why she is acting that way. Sophia has no real consequences for her behaviors. Farrah is also inconsistent with her discipline to Sophia. She is nurturing to Sophia in some regards, but when she is stressed or emotional herself, she is less responsive to Sophia and her needs.

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