Unit 7 Written Assignment 1: Case Study of 14-year-old Kristopher

  • Minimum four (4) pages in length, not including a title page, reference page, and the chart of developmental factors and linkages.
  • Formatted in APA style.
  • A minimum of 8 in-text citations from the textbook are required + 1 additional scholarly source
  • Use the textbook chapters and the Module 2 CDC links to complete the assignment.

Assignment Instructions

This purpose of this assignment is three-fold:

    1. to identify risk factors and ACEs,
    2. to track the possible influence of these over time by identifying associated developmental outcomes occurring in the short and long term, and
    3. to identify protective factors and signs of resilience.

The assignment has two parts.

First, review the Kristopher case study and create a chart of

  1. a)risk factors, ACEs, and other concerns,
    b)immediate and longer developmental outcomes related to the risk factors and ACEs, and
    c) protective factors and evidence of resilience.

Then, compose a 4-page paper identifying additional, realistic, protective factors or supports that could positively influence Kristopher’s future development and level of resilience.

Part 1 – Chart of Factors and Related Outcomes: When reading the following case study about 14-year-old Kristopher, keep in mind Berk (2018) chapters 1-6 and the unit discussion about childhood abuse, neglect, and other ACEs. Starting at the beginning of Kristopher’s life, develop a table or chart identifying:

  1. Risk factors and/or ACEs Kristopher experienced, and other concerns you have about Kristopher’s development.
  2. More immediate and longer-term developmental outcomes (e.g., developmental delays, difficulty progressing through Erikson’s stages, attachment difficulties) displayed by Kristopher that are associated with the risk factors, ACEs, and concerns.
  3. Protective factors or signs of resilience.

Notes: A sample chart is included in the assignment. Also, be sure to link the risk factors and ACEs to more immediate and longer-term developmental outcomes. For example, consider a person who abuses alcohol and other substances; was s/he:

      1. Born to parents who abuse substances;
      2. Living in a home where substances are accessible;
      3. Around other adults or youth modeling that usage;
      4. Then, did s/he become part of a peer group that uses.

Part 2 – Paper: After constructing this chart, reflect on Kristopher’s development history, family system, and current presentation. Then, identify and discuss realistic protective factors that could positively influence Kristopher’s current development and level of resilience and his future development. For example, you may want to recommend involvement in a range of prosocial extra-curricular activities. This makes sense, but can Kristopher’s family afford the ones you’re recommending? Will the adults be required to participate or transport him to/from the activity? Give it some thought!


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