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: Evonnda J. Fields

Census Tract 1079, Intervention Slide Presentation

Census Tract 1079 Intervention Slide Presentation

BP 12


In our closure discussion last class time; I will take with me; grief teachings and concepts and all concepts of getting older in adulthood. I will use these helpful practices in my future adult day center to help all participants live a more meaningful and remainder of their golden years while in their late adulthood.

I am most appreciative of the cognitive and brain development as it is the science that helps me to understand the beginning developments of life as it pertains to this development to the end of life. (Cradle to Grave)


The change that was sort or agreed by me and my peer was to add the OU Social Work link so that if anyone reading our page can also have the opportunity to link up to our MSW program and the great things  that’s going on with that program.

If I had to explain stress, physical health and mental health as it relates to their well-being. I would explain stress as a situation or problem that seems to never go away or seems to not have a solution in solving. Stress can do some strange and harsh things to the human body for example, sleeping which in sleep, your body rejuvenates to be ready for the next day. If the body does not rejuvenate and the combined stress and physical health can sometimes lead to imbalances or bring to surface genetically and environmentally, mental health issues such as depression, schizophrenia and many other mental illnesses if all three issues are not controlled.

BP 10

Dualism……strict authoritative discipline of my mother when I wanted to stay out late with my friends when my mother felt like I was not old enough or had the maturity to hang out as if I was older.

multiplicity… I reflect on my own experience with multiplicity, I can remember being confused about whether to actually kiss a boy I was interested in. During this confusion, I wrestled with romantic emotions versus whether it was the right thing to do. My mom at the time, which I did not tell her how I felt because I was afraid, talked to me about relationships and intimacy. She explained that I was too young to have control of my emotions in dealing with sex or anything leading up to that and explained that she didn’t have anyone to explain to her and became a mom, the same age I was at that time…..14. I listened and accepted her advice and authority.

relativism…..I valued my moms opinions with later maturity….I was able to make more decisions on my own with little authority from my single mom such as what I wanted to maybe study in college that best fit my personality and what I felt strongly about with more encouragement than authoritative parenting.

Two marker events that could help a young adult into their current level of thinking in my opinion would be dualism and multiplicity because I believe they are the core processes that shape a growing young adult to the level of “relativism”.

The life span: human development for helping professionals, Chapter 11/ Patricia C. Broderick, Pamela Blewett.

BP 7

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

1.Gender stability. Gender stays the same; as a female, I will grow into a woman.

2. Gender. By age 3 to 4 as a female I am today and tomorrow I will still be a female.

Examples that inspire inclusivity would be to dress in Men clothing or work in construction but I am still a female

From birth I was born female and family dressed me with dresses and hair with ribbons to identify as female. Behaviors such as sit with your legs closed and stop running around because that is the behavior of a boy.

Example in which books gives:

“You don’t want to be a mean girl who makes her friend cry!”

The word girl which reflects to gender is still expressed in the books example that conforms the gender identity in which society says they should act or respond according to societies norms.

BP 6

Two positive outcomes from using visual electronics would be 1. Enhances brain activity and exercise the brain with minimum use. 2. Enhances eye coordination which in turn will stimulate the brain as well. The negative outcomes from children using visual electronics would be 1. too much time spent with visual electronics could cause insomnia which could affect the education of a child because they are tired. 2. Lastly, they become to hypnotized in these visual electronics to the point where they ignore their responsibilities of school functions regarding homework and other educational responsibilities.

As a social worker, if I were working with a parent in regard to screen use for their child, I would recommend limited hours suggesting no more than 2-3 hours a day. I would not want any child to become exhausted from being too wired to function in day to day activities and learning functions.


Parenting Styles

The long running show of the “Cosby Show” with character parents, Bill and Clair Huxtable would possess the parenting style in my opinion would be the “Authoritative Style”. Both parents created a positive and happy atmosphere,exemplifying autonomy,supporting assertiveness and individuality.

Both parents had 4 children with totally different personalities. These parents allowed when a conflict would surface, each child to fully express their emotions about their problem, inquired how that child or teenager felt about their problem and then they uniquely partnered with their child about ways in which to solve a problem. Almost like a social worker would with a client. These role model parents gave their child the proper socialization skills in which to help them to develop into mature individuals while giving while still providing parent demands and yet giving the right amount of affection to each child.


Reflecting on New York Lomgitudinal (1977) behavioral traits of infants in regard to the effectiveness of caregiving behaviors be different for children with temperament; Three traits specifically that our book discusses that will aid in understanding a child’s behavior is: Difficult babies, Easy babies and Slow -to-warm-up babies. Easy babies had later adjustment difficulties. Children with difficult temperaments may be projecting what is called genetic vulnerability which means they could be more prone to unsupported parenting and environmental difficulties.

The effects on a caregiver, child and/or child could be horrible effects. The caregiver or parent becomes frustrated with the baby or child and handles them physically aggressive and verbally abuse the child or even yelling and screaming at the baby or child. The infant in turns is not getting the positive stimuli from the parent or caregiver that it needs to be happy and/or content to thrive for healthy development and intelligence.

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