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: Terika Mackey (Page 1 of 2)

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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!!

I thought the mindfulness practice homework assignment was positive. I use some aspects of the mindfulness well being in my daily life. When I get home from work on most days I sit in my garage for 15 mins to 1 hour. I find it helpful in not bringing stressful aspects from work into my home. I do not always sit in silence, but I find it positive to de-stress myself.  It is good for myself and clients to take at least 10 to 15 minutes per day on clearing one’s mind for clarity.  Some of our clients whom we encounter would most likely benefit from this especially since they will most likely have some form of stress they are experiencing in their lives. Mindfulness practice can help individuals to become more in tuned with themselves.

There are several things that I learned from this course. One example is that it is not the person who is the problem it is the different systems such as micro, mezzo, and macro systems that are the problems. I also learned the impact on trauma in the brain, in infants, and also during pregnancy.  The most interesting new concept that was introduced was Epigenetics. It all makes sense after being taught about how the environment and biology effects development. I was delighted to learn more about teens and the impact that their brain has on their egocentrism and decision making since it is still developing. This new knowledge caused me to be more open minded when working with adolescence.

BP 11

The 2 changes that I made to my website was adding information about my short term and long term goals in my about me section and also adding information about the diversity fair. I was not able to change the arrangement of my blog post as suggested in my peer review because I was not sure how to do so. My peer suggested all of these changes. I was able to change these things because I thought that it was important to get some of my goal written down on paper. I also thought adding information about what occurred at the diversity fair was important to give an explanation instead of just including pictures.

Stress, mental health, and physical health all share some type of effective relationship. When individuals are stressed out it could affect both their mental health and cause physical health problems. However on the other hand, when one is stressed if one participates in physical activity it can lessen the affect of developing mental health or physical health problems due to effective coping. According to Broderick and Blewitt (2015), when there is a huge amount of stress on the body it can cause stress called allostatic load. Also according to the diathesis-stress model stress can effect individuals differently, which is why some individuals develop PTSD (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). Having healthy ways to deal with stress can help individuals mental health, since the brain response to stress, this can lead to good physical and mental health (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015).

Broderick, P. C., & Blewitt, P. (2015). The Life Span: Human Development for Helping Professionals (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

Blog Post 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?

When reflecting on my own life a point in my life that reflected dualism according to Broderick (2015), was  when I was a moving out of my mom’s home and going to college. There was really no view of anyone else being right or knowing the right direction for me to go except for my mom. Anything that I thought about doing such as jobs or careers I always ran it by my mom. She would also talk to my grandmother about it. When anyone else told me something else I should do or try I remember having tunnel vision and thinking their ideas were wrong for me.  Next going back to college when learning more in dept about religions and sciences it made me think about all the things I was taught in high school or at church about religion and science. It contradicted my thoughts about some of the upbringings that I was use to. This is an example of multiplicity (Broderick 2015). This made me question what was right and or wrong or who was right or wrong. Once I got in my senior year in college and we talked about cults and some of their thinking, I knew that it was not right and there was no reason to question what was right or wrong within those religions. In my mind those ways of thinking were irrelevant and did nothing but hurt those who believed in those false idols or peoples. The ideas that the leaders of these cults possess were not acceptable and were very questionable. This is relativism according to Broderick (2015).

Two events that could help a young adult develop into their current level of thinking in my opinion is taking some type of college or education training course to challenge their current views. Another event could be reading books, setting goals, and having dialogue with their peers.

Broderick, P. C., & Blewitt, P. (2015). The Life Span: Human Development for Helping Professionals (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ:     Pearson Education.

Terika Mackey 2016-10-27 23:38:18

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


It reviewing Amanda Roybal’s website there were several strengths and several critiques noted. The first strength was the professional background that she utilized. It was very neat and clean. The second strength was Amanda making her resume available to her website. The first critiques noted on Amanda’s website was for her to add more information such as goals or other educational work she has completed. The second critique was for Amanda to make her about me section the first page viewed when individuals view her website. The last critique was for Amanda to create more pages to her website.


One positive aspect that influenced my adolescent development was the fact that my mother allowing me to make decisions about personal issues on my own. My mother did not cause a huge conflict over something such as my hair, what I wore, or music that I listened to. This allowed me to develop my own autonomy, which is critical development for adolescence. One negative influence on my adolescent development was the idea that at time my mother was dismissive or permissive and she allowed my brother and I to get away with more things than she should have. We did not turn out to be terrible adults or individuals.


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.


For the rest of the semester, I will commit to reading more for understanding of the material. I will also review the chapter objectives from the week before as well as the current chapter objectives. Reviewing the chapter objectives weekly will allow me to not cram as much when I study for the final exam. One thing that I will contribute to the collaborative learning experience is to use my voice and mind in class to speak up about certain topics that are discussed. By sharing my thoughts and opinions could help others and myself to learn. It may also give knowledge to others so they can see the perspective of others. Being able to look at things from other people’s perspective or interpretation has been vital to my learning and understanding of the materials being presented in class and in life in general.

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.


In our culture there are specific gender messages that apply to males and females that are both restrictive and inclusive.  For instance, there are certain female gender roles that are messages taught to males as they grow up that they are restricted from doing. For an example, a male dressing in high heels  or playing with barbie dolls is a gender message for males that is restricted. There are also gender messages that restrict females from fighting or playing with trucks. On the other hand there are gender messages that are inclusive are things such as females being caretakers and in the kitchen. WIth males there are more inclusive gender messages such as males doing labor and manual work outside or construction.

According to the text where they completed a study on children playing, those who were interacting with peers of the same gender had more increased gender related behaviors.  The text also stated that family and cultures influence gender roles and what is appropriate or not. Another important fact stated that children may get in trouble for not engaging in gender appropriate roles.  Other examples in the text suggest that children have their own ideas about what males and females should play with. One example  is when the mother is asking the child about trucks and a ballet dancer and who can participate in those activities to see how the child responds.


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?

According to the text, there are several negative outcomes and several positive outcomes that come from visual electronic media use in child hood. Some of the negatives cited in the text would include attention problems, slower paced of language development,  and a decrease in the amount of  time that the parents spent doing activities with the children.  Some positives noted in the text were found in preschool aged children. Those positives included the children being ready for school, more vocabulary, and better ability to know numbers. There are also benefits for children using computers and technology and their ability to navigate the computers.  Another negative aspect could be the violence displayed on television and the internet which could affect the child’s behavior negatively.  When working with parents as a social worker it would be vital to share information about screen time and the positives and negatives. It would also be important to discuss some type of parental controls. I would also share the importance of the correlation between attention problems and visual electronic media. Lastly I would look up articles to support the pros and cons and provide it to the parent.


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.


In today’s pop culture the character’s parenting style that I would like to  describe is Lucius Lyon from the Fox Television show Empire.  His parenting style is authoritarian. Some of the examples, of Lucius parenting styles include his inability to create a positive emotional climate.  One of Lucius’s son’s, Andre  is diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Lucius is not positive towards his son especially during times when  Andre is experiencing a manic episode.  Lucius degrade’s Andre’s mental illness because Lucius’ mother suffered from the same disorder. Although Lucius does not provide a positive emotional climate, another characteristic is his control. Lucius is able to control his children due to the amount of money, resources, ability to commit crimes and not get caught, and his children’s desire to one day be the head of his empire.  Lucius is very vocal about his demands and what he will do and his children will or will not do, which is another characteristic of the Authoritarian parent.  Lucius also has a son name Jamal who is homosexual. Lucius is able to control Jamal psychologically due to Lucius constantly putting down Jamal due to his gender identity and preference.  Lucius makes several comments to his son’s such as: ” You will do what I say, because I am your father, or you will reap the consequences.” That statement is another form of power that Lucius has over his children.  When Lucius children go through a crisis, like the authoritarian parent, Lucius is not able to express express any type of empathy or be affectionate towards his children.  Many of the reasons why Lucius behaves in this manner is due to trauma that he experienced as a child.  In a way, one can tell that Lucius would love to be a better parent and a better person, but his past will not allow him to.


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?
According to the text there are several different temperaments of children. Some of the traits include reactive,irritable, activity level, and distractibility. The temperament of a child could cause the caregiver to have a difficult time raising and also possibly attaching to the child. This is true due to the caregivers ability to console and or comfort the child when he or she is in distress. The text also states that children who have proneness to crying may need a more supportive caregiver than a child with a milder temperament. Parents or caretakers of infants with a more difficult temperament may cause the caregiver to become easily upset and distressed due to trying to console the child..

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