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: Jordan E. Brandon (Page 1 of 2)

Community Intervention Presentation


Practicing Mindfulness was a very positive experience for me. Being able to center yourself and take your mind away from everyday stressors is really impactful. This could be used as a coping mechanism in my clients or my own life to cope with everyday stressors. It could be used to take my own or my client’s mind away from what is bothering them and allow them to focus on themselves.

One of the things I’m taking away from this course is epigenetics. It is really reassuring to know that I can change the outcome of my heath or my children’s health by treating my body positively. Another thing I’m taking away is the positive parenting roles during adolescence. Adolescence is a hard time during development, and having the tools to practice proper parenting skills will make my children’s lives much better.

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I haven’t made any changes to my website.

When a person is stressed, their stress hormones, or cortisol, increase. When these hormones increase, chemical changes happen in the body which can lower the immune system, and cause underlying health problems to arise. When someone is stressed it can also cause weight gain or loss, hair loss, and lack of sleep. All of these things contribute to issues with physical health. When someone is stressed, they are more likely to be more aggressive, depressive, and irritable. These factors contribute to mental health. When someone is experiencing these emotions, their relationships and overall sense of personal worth can be affected.

Broderick, P. C., & Blewitt, P. (2006). The life span: Human development for helping professionals. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Merrill Prentice Hall.


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.

For my peer’s website, I would recommend that she make the colors of her website blend better throughout the website. She had a lot of different colors on her website that didn’t coordinate well together. I would also recommend that she have more activities under her “activities” tab. She only had a couple of activities listed. Lastly, I would recommend that she add a link to the OU school of social work. This would give employers a better idea of the education she is receiving from the University of Oklahoma.

One positive aspect that influenced my adolescent development was my parents parenting style. They were always very supportive and pushed me to be the best I could be. They prevented me from engaging in high risk behaviors as exampled in page 381 in our text. One negative aspect that influenced my adolescent development was my high school. I didn’t attend a high school that fostered individuality or diverse populations, and I think that caused me to gain some biased opinions. Only when I got out of the small town I grew up in, I gained a greater perspective of the world we live in.

How can I be a better graduate student this semester?

I think going forward with this semester, I would like to be more diligent with my time management, and find a better work/school balance. There’s a definite balance with being an employee and student, but it’s something that is most definitely possible and is something that people conquer everyday. As for how I will contribute to the collaborative learning experience, I hope to be more supportive of my peers and share my successes with others. It’s important to provide resources to my classmates who face the same struggles that I’m facing, and I hope to be a source of encouragement and help for them.

Gender restrictive or gender inclusive?

I grew up in a conservative, southern town where stereotypical gender roles were given to the vast majority of families I grew up around. Most of the women were considered selfish if they decided they didn’t want to have children, and most of the men weren’t considered masculine if they didn’t enjoy sports or hunting. My family was actually very inclusive when it came to gender roles despite the town we grew up in. My parents encouraged me to be a strong, independent woman when many girls in my hometown were taught to be submissive. I was taught to speak my mind and to be assertive. They always told me that I could do anything any one else could do as long as I was determined to do it. My father was also the main cook in our house, which was odd for a southern family. He was the one t teach me to cook for my family, but it was never expected that I had to be the one to cook because I am a woman, He taught me out of the sake of learning. I feel like despite the town I grew up in, I was taught a lot from my family about gender inclusive behavior.

Electronics and children: good or bad?

In infants and toddlers, there is little evidence that supports that technology is a positive thing. One of the negative outcomes is that in their later years, children may experience attention difficulties from overstimulation caused by the technological devices. Another negative factor is that their temperament is different. Children who watched “too much” TV were harder to soothe due to the fact that the television was what had the greatest calming effect, As children become older, technology becomes less of a problem. Having internet access that is monitored by an adult can be very beneficial for a child’s academic success. There are millions of apps out there that cater to children’s educational needs. Having access to technology also gives our children a head start to our technologically advancing world. Being exposed to this as a child gives them the advantage later in life. I think if a parent needed guidance on screen use for children I would tell them to do their research and visit some websites. A couple of websites I would recommend would be which is  website that gives ratings for entertainment software, and

Rayna James: Parenting done the right way.

For today’s blog post, I am going to be discussing the parenting style of the character Rayna James from the show Nashville. I would think that Rayna James practices an Authoritative parenting style. In many quarrels with her daughter, she makes it a point to communicate with her daughter about the reasons behind the problem and calls for open discussion about the issue. She doesn’t just look for control of the situation, but also looks for growth from her daughter’s mistakes. She sets extremely clear expectations when it comes to her rules. Her kids know what behavior is expected of them. She tells just about everyone that she meets how important her family is to her and is very affectionate towards her two daughters. They are told numerous times throughout the show how loved they are by their mother. I believe that Rayna James is an excellent character for parents to look to when thinking about how they would like to parent.


There are three different temperaments of babies: difficult babies, easy babies, and slow to warm up babies. When it comes to the effectiveness of caregiving behaviors, actions need to be different according to each temperament in order for the child to be their best self in the long run. A parents caregiving style influences how a child will be able to adjust in later years. With the right caregiving style according to the child’s temperament, the child becomes much less vulnerable. This influences the level of attachment between the caregiver and the child due to the way interactions with the child take place.

I’m a Social Worker. What’s your super power?

One of my professors shared this video in class, and I fell in love! How lucky am I to be going into a field where I have the opportunity to help others find the most amazing aspects of themselves? Enjoy, folks!


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