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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Census Tract 1083.14 Presentation

Census Tract 1083.14 Presentation

BP 12

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.

Congrats on finishing your LAST BLOG for the semester. Hopefully you will continue to use your website for a professional showcase in the future!!


In watching the Mindfulness video I was able to gain insight for the potential positive effects the practice could have on my own life. Utilizing a ten minute break of deep breathing and focusing on nothing else except my breathing can be helpful to manage stress in my personal life and my work life. I plan to utilize this strategy to help with getting away from the daily grind of child welfare services and to deal with any unexpected life stressors. I also plan to provide this practice of self care to the clients that I work with as it can be helpful in adding a little more control to their lives.

One of the things I plan to take with me from this HBSE course is the importance of utilizing authoritative parenting as evidence shows that this is the most effective parenting style. I not only plan to utilize this parenting style within my own life, but also encourages clients that I work with to utilize it as well. Being high on response and demand is beneficial for children in helping them learn right from wrong.

Another aspect I plan to take with me from HBSE is the understanding that life is an ever evolving process and people continue to change and adapt to new situations. Knowing this vital information will help me in understanding where the clients are developmentally. This will prove to be a great tool of assistance moving forward in my career of helping others.

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.

I added a resume to my website and additional information in the “About Me” section of my website. The purpose for making these changes was to lure potential employers to my website so that they can have insight as to my professional experience and get to know a little more about who I am as a person. These suggestions were from my peer and I really appreciated the feedback and recommendations.

Broderick and Blewitt (2015) explains that the chronic activation of stress can lead to the downward spiral of negative physical and emotional consequences. The positive emotions and resilience broadens attention and contributes to building more personal resources in individuals (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). Positive emotions serve to undo the impact of negative emotions of stress and can lead to increase overall wellbeing in individuals and help them develop resources to achieve resilience. Broderick and Blewitt (2015) further explained that negative emotions from stress can lead to anxiety and depressive moods which can have a adverse impact on an individuals mental health and well-being. Repeated increase of stress can have devastating impacts on an individual where they become hyper sensitive to threatening details and individuals can become over-aroused to the point where they feel like they are constantly under attack. This leads to physical health impairments such as hypertension and heart ailments as stress has been linked to the over production of the hormone cortisol which can have adverse impacts on an individuals health.

Broderick, P. C., & Blewitt, P. (2015). Living Well: Stress, Coping, and Life Satisfaction in Adulthood The Life Span: Human Development for Helping Professionals (4th ed., pp 548-549). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.


BP 10

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?

One example of my own thinking that reflected dualism is my belief that whatever my mother said was correct and I had to follow her guide and not question my own belief. This is something that I experienced in my early adult years and utilized my mother as guide in my own knowledge, especially during my late high school years. Broderick and Blewitt (2015) explains that dualism is when individuals never think to question their belief that authority embodies rightness. An example of multiplicity in my own life is when I entered college and had to take in different perspectives from different people from various backgrounds to understand their position on certain topics. Multiplicity is when someone is exposed to a mass of theories, social experiences, and information (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). An example of relativism in my own life is towards the end of my undergraduate educational experience as I was confronted with information from different people and formed my own opinion regarding different topics as I understood that not every position was a correct position. However, I could perceive everyone’s opinion on a topic objectively. Relativism is a major achievement in intellectual development where young adults can stand back and consider different perspectives objectively (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). Two marker events that can help young adults develop into their own thinking is when they separate from their parents and get their own place like going to college or simply just moving away as this will help them move from dualism into multiplicity. Another event that can transition a young adult is going into the workforce or going into a new environment with different people that they are not familiar with as this can help them move from multiplicity to relativism.

Broderick, P. C., & Blewitt, P. (2015). Physical and Cognitive Development in Young Adulthood. The Life Span: Human Development for Helping Professionals (4th ed., pp 422-423). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.



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.

In reviewing my peer’s student website, I recommended the following changes to their website to improve their marketability to an employer. First, provide a phone number within the contact heading section so a potential employer may contact them via telephone. Secondly, develop an “experience” heading to input work experience so a potential employer can gain insight into the student’s work history. Lastly, a recommendation was made to provide an explanation as to what specific field in Social Work the student wants to work in as this will assist in targeting specific employer’s for the applicant.
Citing the text for specific supportive evidence, name one positive aspect and one negative aspect that influenced your adolescent development.

One positive aspect that shaped my adolescent development was the authoritative parenting style from my mother who ensured that I dedicated myself to my academic progress and demanded that I stayed out of trouble and followed the rules in her home. Even though my mother was high on demand she was also high in warmth and responsiveness as she often engaged in conversation with me to understand the different issues I was dealing with as an adolescent. One negative aspect that shaped my adolescent development was peer selection as I made choices to associate with certain peers who were often getting into trouble or being mischievous. This had a negative impact on some of my behaviors and influenced me to rebel from my mother as a teen; however, my mother’s authoritative parenting style prevailed and steered me away from a life of deviant behavior.


BP 8

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.

In reflecting upon my mid-term class self-assessment I am committed to studying the chapter for the week earlier in the week and refraining from procrastination. My plan is to begin reading the chapter materials on Sundays to give myself plenty of time to rehearse and retain the read material so that I can be more prepared for class on Thursday. My contribution to a collaborative learning experience is to first prepare myself mentally regarding any topics of discussion for the impending class through dedicated studying and reading. Additionally, I plan to share learned material not only through classroom activities, but also through group study activities outside of the classroom setting. I have already begun to network with others and develop relationships that will help me towards my goal of academic achievement of obtaining my Master’s degree in Social Work.

BP 7

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.

Regarding specific gender messages in my culture one message that produces restrictiveness is the message that boys are to be tough and not to share their emotions and feelings with others. Another restrictive message is that girls are to not rough house and be “tomboyish” in how they interact with others. A message that inspires inclusivity is that both girls and boys can exceed in education no matter what the subject matter they are studying as long as they practice and implement hard work at mastering their academic abilities. Another inclusive message in my culture is that boys and girls should treat each other the way that they would want to be treated no matter their gender as bullying others is viewed as detrimental to one’s self-esteem and not socially acceptable. One supporting example from the text regarding this idea regarding my culture’s inclusive and restrictive message is the discussion regarding peer relationships and sociometry. My culture’s messages can have both a positive and negative impact on a child’s sociometry perspective. It should be noted that sociometry is the way of assessing social competence within a group (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015).

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?

In reading the text it was explained that two negative outcomes associated to children utilizing visual electronic media was a decrease in children’s attention span along with shorter play episodes which impacts their ability to learn critical skills that are effectively learned through play activities. Additionally, another area of concern was that more viewing of visual media led to language delays in children. Positive outcomes associated with visual electronic media was observed when the parent or caregiver was actively interacting and engaging with their child during the media utilization as this promoted more efficient learning for the child. Another positive outcome to using visual media is improved computer skills for older children which is pertinent in today’s advancing technological society. As a helping professional it is important to share with caregivers that when utilizing visual media with children the caregiver needs to be actively engaged with children in order to promote improved learning and positive outcomes. Another piece of advice to caregivers is to encourage older children to surf the internet to encourage more opportunities to read as studies have shown children with internet access provides more opportunities for children to read than they would have had otherwise.

BP 5

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.

Peter Griffin from the cartoon show “Family Guy” is a parent who has a Neglecting-Uninvolved Parenting Style with his family and he has often displayed the following characteristics with his children. Mr. Griffin is very low on response when interacting with his children as he does not interact much with his children and often spends a majority of his time at the local brewery. Mr. Griffin is also low on demand as he allows his children to do whatever they please as evidenced by his baby son, Stewie Griffin, who plays with dangerous weapons and always has the intent to kill his own biological mother. Mr. Griffin is also very parent centered as he will often neglect his daughter, Meg Griffin, and focus on his own self centered intentions and often forgets that he even has a daughter. Mr. Griffin also displays characteristics of not socializing with his son, Chris Griffin, as evidenced by an episode where Chris did not want to live with his father any longer due to his neglectful ways and Chris preferred to stay with his maternal grandfather. Mr. Peter Griffin has significant deficiencies when it comes to parenting and is a good example of a parent who utilizes a Neglecting-Uninvolved parenting style.


Reflecting on the New York Longitudinal Study (1977) of behavioral traits of infants, how might the effectiveness of caregiving behaviors be different for children with each temperament (name and address 3 traits specifically)? How could that affect level of attachment between caregiver/parents and child?

In reviewing the New York Longitudinal Study (1977) it was revealed that infants have different temperament types. Researchers do not always agree but it has been determined that infants fall into the following three categories: emotionality, control or self-regulatory tendencies and activity level. A number of different traits can be associated to an infants temperament in these areas such as an infants approach or withdrawal to new stimuli, threshold meaning the minimum strength of a stimulus to garner an infants attention, mood which means the infants tendency to have a positive, negative or neutral mood expression to stimuli. If an infant has difficulties in the trait of an infants mood expression it could prove to be rather difficult for a caregiver to attend to the child’s needs if the child continuously has negative responses to a caregiver’s interaction with the infant thus negatively impacting the child’s attachment which could result in the infant being avoidant or insecurely attached. However, if an infant has positive mood responses to it’s caregiver it will help the infants sense of a safe haven with its caregiver promoting a secure and healthy attachment.

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