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

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BP 10

Give one example of your own thinking at one or more points in your life that reflect the following: dualism, multiplicity,relativism

What are two marker events that could help a young adult to develop into their current level of thinking?

Dualism can best describe my thinking at a very young age when the majority of my  views were influenced by my parents’ views.  Their views were essentially my views and everyone else was wrong. The different stages of multiplicity can be seen as I grew older and had more exposure to classmates and their views.  Over time I would learn others had views which were not the same has mine but did not mean they were necessarily wrong. Finally, relativism is seen later in life by understanding and respecting others view points while looking at them more objectively and using other people’s differing viewpoints to help redefine my own.

Two marker events which could help a young adult develop their current level of thinking would be moving to a different environment for instance someone who grew up in a small town could move to a city or vice versa to better understand other people’s ways of living by more of less immersing themselves in another lifestyle. This idea could be applied for a young adult attending college in a different state or studying abroad.

Broderick, P.C.. & Blewitt, P. (2014). The life span: Human development for helping professionals (4th ed. ) HarlowL Pearson Education


I have Jessica, three changes (additions really) that I may make is when taking about raising children in a gender open manner, I would ask open ended questions when letting children pick toys for example. In addition to the baby types you could add the easy baby who is rather adaptive, not matter what. Finally, I really like your blog concerning pre-school children, in addition, if they are deprived at home, some structured learning could be helpful to their development. You have great answers overall.

As a teen I was well grounded in my faith, and stayed away from sex and drugs. One negative aspect is that I did not really talk aspects over with my parents as they were very busy, and I also did not want to worry them.


I believe that my thinking as an older child was pretty dualistic. I was idealistic and right and wrong were pretty concrete for me.

Perhaps upon entering into high school, there were a lot of bad examples in my Colorado school, I think the kind of dualism became multiplicity in that it was obvious that some ideas were not exactly as my parents had explained.  Considerations such as, perhaps things have changed since my parents went to school emerged.

Relativism came to me more in college, when I went out of state. I now had to think on my own, without parents around, nor the influence of the hometown. I had great college years in the respects of being a student and socially. I think that I could view knowledge as relative to the situation, by comparing evidence and opinions. (Broderick,2015,pp. 421 chart).

Young adults could be going through completing formal education and entering the adult work force.  They could become much more responsible and be thinking about a meaningful relationship and children ( Broderick, 2015, pp. 409).


BP 9

Two part Blog Post:

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.

Brittney took the extra step to personalize her blog and added an “about” section. It could be beneficial for to Brittney to elaborate more in  her “About” section should a potential employer view her blog.

A explanation of the blog and its initial purpose would also be helpful to someone not familiar with the class.

It could also be beneficial to add other Brittney has done during college to provide other examples of her writing abilities.

Citing the text for specific supportive evidence, name one positive aspect and one negative aspect that influenced your adolescent development.

The text discusses the importance of peer and parental relationships in adolescent development.   I have always had a very close relationship with my father. He was very responsive to my emotional needs while growing up and was a living example of excellent morals.   However, I received conflicting messages from my mother who was often more dismissive and permissive.  It was much easier to make poor decisions with some of the friends I hung out with in high school because it was considered the norm.


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.

One thing that I will do for the rest of the semester in the course to contribute to my personal learning is making a conscious effort to learn my material to the best of my knowledge in order to be better prepared with interacting with my peers/professor during class discussion. By doing so will read my materials ahead of time, such as going over the Power-Points, weekly chapters, and class objectives prior to class in order to better understand the materials being covered in class. One thing I will do to contribute to the collaborative learning experience is sharing ideas/materials that have helped me in the past with the rest of my cohort to help enhance their overall learning experience in the class.


One thing that I will do the rest of the semester in order to contribute to my personal learning experience will be to schedule specific times to complete my reading for the next class period. In scheduling specific times and treating it as an appointment, I believe that I will be more successful in reading all of the material. One thing that I will do to contribute to the collaborative learning experience will be to be more mindful of my classmates and sharing with them things that I have found helpful in my learning and studying in order to gain shared success.


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 you personal learning experience AND at least one thing that you will contribute to the collaborative learning experience.

I will consciously work to be more aware of time constraints and set more than adequate time aside for weekly readings and papers.  I will be more mindful of what I am doing in class and try to remain focused so as not to distract others.

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BP 8

Reflecting on specific gender messages in your culture. clearly name 2 messages that are restrictive and 2 that inspire inclusivity.
2 restrictive messages are boys are strong and unemotional, girls are cooperative and sweet. 2 comments that inspire inclusivity are: what toys do you want to play with, what color of clothes would you like to wear today. More open ended, non categorizing questions would be beneficial in inspiring inclusivity and in not influencing the child, referring to children. Trying to say neutral responses when others categorize may also be helpful in this effort of not labeling. Girls can be strong, and boys can be emotional would be 2 directly positive statements against the usual culture in America. Additionally, decorating baby rooms in neutral colors would be a good start. One supporting example is the article in green about boys in our culture 8:2 Meeting the Special Needs of Boys- It further states counseling information such as to use humor and self-disclosure to facilitate engagement. This further talks about trying to encourage boys to talk about their emotions, going against the norm boys are often taught of stuffing their feelings. Peer relationships and rejection can cause many problems for the adolescent who has ideas or behaviors against the norm as well.


There are numerous messages within our culture concerning what it means to be masculine or feminine. Some of these messages can be restrictive and can have negative affects on individuals. One example would be the message that boys should not cry. This can be harmful causing a male not to share his emotions. Another restrictive example would be the statement, “you throw like a girl” which suggests that girls are weak or unable to throw properly. There are some messages that suggest inclusivity.

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