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: Krystal

Community assessment powerpoint

Community Assessment powerpoint

BP 12


I feel neutral towards the mindfulness exercise.  Although, it is a means of relieving stress and promotes being present, i found it difficult to clear my thoughts. I see this exercise as something to build on over time by starting with short periods and work to longer periods. This would be beneficial for clients who are overly stressed and not thinking clearly. It would give them an opportunity to try to  corral racing thoughts.

The two things I am taking away from this class is the importance of early childhood development and how it plays such an important role later in life. This will encourage me to follow through with making Soonerstart referrals and really encouraging clients to follow through with recommended services when very young children are involved.

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.


Britney suggested I change the name of my blog and show it purpose. I changed the title from “my blog” to my name and added the course name beneath it.

Chronic stress can have a number of physiological effects. For instance, the immune system can become suppressed leaving a person more vulnerable to harmful bacteria and viruses.  Continuously elevated levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, can lead to cardiovascular problems and other diseases later in life. Psychological stress influenced from traumatic events can lead to depressed mood and lack of interest in social interaction. It is important for people to develop positive coping mechanisms for managing stress. Effective management of stress promotes wellness.   Positive coping skills and wellness can be observed through a person’s positive attitude, sense of self-efficacy, self-esteem and their social supports.



Broderick, P. C., & Blewitt, P. (2009). The life span: Human development for helping professionals (4th). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson. ISBN 9780133785647.


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