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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Mindfulness Practice 

Though I admit practicing mindfulness offers great benefits to those who continue using it, I do wonder if many will find it too closely related to meditation and not participate. I may require assistance with a better understanding and performing the practice correctly, but I can’t say I find it more useful than prayer and declaring Scriptures.

Class Takeaway

Two things I already practice are: allowing a child to “behave” according to age appropriation and offering guidance for acceptable behavior; and talking with parents and teens about risky behaviors, negative peer influences, and mutual respect.

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2 Changes to Website

1. Per peer, I added my resume for employers and also my likes and dislikes.

2. I added a calendar because I felt it looked more professional.


Subjective Well-being

According to Broderick and Blewitt (2009), early stress in life easily triggers much worse physical illnesses, such as the lack of the body to become inflammatory when needed, immunosuppressive. The authors also state the “body and brain work together, psychoneuroimmunology,” and stressors can hinder endorphin production (p. 542).

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Personal Example of Reflecting:

1. Dualism – I grew up in a very strict home, and “rigid adherence to authoritarian views” sheaped me and my parenting (Broderick and Blewitt, 2015, p. 422).

2. Multiplicity – As the authors state, I learned long hours of preparation did not yield anticipated results (p. 422).

3. Relativism – Growing older, I understand and agree with not accepting everybody’s ideas are “good” (p. 423).


Two Events Helping Young Adults Grow into Current Level of Thinking 

Two events helping adults with mental successes of or for achievement are their willingness to think deeper or harder than they want or like to challenge themselves and creating attainable challenges that expand their confidence.

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Three Changes for Peer’s Blog

  1.  Add a resume for reviewing past employment history
  2.  Add markers on “About Me” page for identifying significant activities
  3. Add a “Goals” page for reference of value and knowledge of value to company

Positive and Negative Aspect Influencing My Adolescent Development 

According to Broderick and Blewitt (2015), my parents and a school teacher assisted with shaping my moral standards from a Christian perspective but peers maintained control of my risky behavior (pp. 370 and 384).

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One Thing Added for Personal & Collaborative Learning 

For my personal learning, I will read the chapter and complete the objectives before class. For collaborative learning, I will ensure to speak briefly and with substance (maintaining the current point of discussion) to add pertinent comments that enhance the learning experience.

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Gender Specific Messages in Culture: Name 2 Restrictive and 2 Inclusive 

In African American communities, elders expect men to take care of their families by working and women to take care of the children and home, working only if it’s unavoidable. Two restrictive messages for girls include no playing in rough ways and, definitely, no fighting. Boys, on the other hand, may never play with a group of girls by himself or refuse to defend himself, lest he receive corporal punishment when he arrives home (Broderick & Blewitt, 2009, p. 296).


Inclusive messages in the African American culture address respect for elders and others from both and the importance of family and education for both. Girls may play with boys as long as the game remains light and fun. Boys may interact with girls as long as they don’t get rough and rude. The balance for the African American family produces strong men and women responsible for family and themselves.

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2 Positive & Negative Outcomes fromVisual Electronic Media and Parental Guidance 

According to Broderick and Blewitt (2015), TV viewing helps calm down kids hard to pacify (p. 209). Citing DeLoache and her colleagues, the authors also give an example of educational television helping children to learn (p. 209).Examples also exist for negative outcomes: the more harsh the program, the more children produced major issues with behavior and attention problems developed later (p. 208). Working with parents, I would share organizations and media that encourages and inspires learning (pp. 210-211).

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A Pop Culture’s Parent Character’s Parenting Style

Dr. Cliff Huxtable, The Cosby Show, used Authoritative Parenting Style by openly displaying affection to all his children, setting achievable expectations and ensuring his children understood, listening to a child’s explanation before responding, and displaying using sternness when needing to get his children’s attention.

Behavioral Traits of Infants

How might the effectiveness of caregivers vary from children’s temperament?

“Difficult babies” possess negative feelings hard to ease and appease. The caregiver begins unintentionally pushing back from the never ending demand for attention.

Babies requiring less attention receive the right amount of care and support required for healthy growth. “Easy babies” receive more attention from parents and other caregivers, seemingly as a reward.

“Slow-to-warm-up babies” demonstrate less negative temperament than difficult babies but more negative traits than easy babies. Caregivers learn their patterns of when to offer attention and when to leave them alone.

(Broderick & Blewitt, 2009, p145)

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Trend of decreasing play activity for more academics possibly effects children negatively 

Children’s use of pretend play helps to facilitate their skills for interacting socially with other children. Decreasing times for play at school limits children’s time for interactions with other children and minimizes their self-play at home. The self-play at home mimics their school play time and helps with sharing during play time.

Decreasing play time also negativity effects inner speech by minimizing time of interactions with peers. Learning more isolates their activity and actions into an environment controlled atmosphere rather than increased social learning from one another at play time.

Lastly, opportunity for intersubjectivity decreases with less play time, causing children an inopportunity to assist one another with learning. Minds concentrating on a mutual goal helps both individuals reach the same point.

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