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Community assessment powerpoint

Community Assessment powerpoint

BP 12


I feel neutral towards the mindfulness exercise.  Although, it is a means of relieving stress and promotes being present, i found it difficult to clear my thoughts. I see this exercise as something to build on over time by starting with short periods and work to longer periods. This would be beneficial for clients who are overly stressed and not thinking clearly. It would give them an opportunity to try to  corral racing thoughts.

The two things I am taking away from this class is the importance of early childhood development and how it plays such an important role later in life. This will encourage me to follow through with making Soonerstart referrals and really encouraging clients to follow through with recommended services when very young children are involved.

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.


Britney suggested I change the name of my blog and show it purpose. I changed the title from “my blog” to my name and added the course name beneath it.

Chronic stress can have a number of physiological effects. For instance, the immune system can become suppressed leaving a person more vulnerable to harmful bacteria and viruses.  Continuously elevated levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, can lead to cardiovascular problems and other diseases later in life. Psychological stress influenced from traumatic events can lead to depressed mood and lack of interest in social interaction. It is important for people to develop positive coping mechanisms for managing stress. Effective management of stress promotes wellness.   Positive coping skills and wellness can be observed through a person’s positive attitude, sense of self-efficacy, self-esteem and their social supports.



Broderick, P. C., & Blewitt, P. (2009). The life span: Human development for helping professionals (4th). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson. ISBN 9780133785647.


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

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 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.

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.

The two major gender restrictive messages in my culture are boys are better than girls at math. The text cites studies where this is not necessarily the case and has changed over time but that change is mainly attributed to more progressive cultural perceptions. As society become more inclusive then there are an equal number of male and female top performers in math (p.293).   Generally gender stereotypes are restrictive messages which children are aware of and influence the development of their gender identifies. Children’s gender development is based on their personal understanding of their own gender, the examples they see around them and environmental influence, like outside pressure to conform in a certain way. Inclusive thinking and less gender specific stereotyping can lead to more gender neutral identities.

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?

Negative outcomes from visual electronic media use in childhood are attention difficulties. Infants and toddlers who were exposed to television were more likely to have attention issues later in childhood.  Television can also be disruptive for children during play. If the television is in the background it can disrupt their learning.

Positive outcome from visual electronic media use in childhood are it can help prepare children for school and expand their vocabulary. It is important to note this is in children about four years in age viewing educational television content.

It would be incredibly important to stress to parents how violent television can have an affect on children. Children who view violent content, regardless of age, were shown to have attention difficulties.


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.

Peggy Hill and Hank Hill demonstrate an authoritative style when parenting Bobby Hill.  They listen to Bobby’s concerns, for instance when Bobby was being bullied at school, Hank suggested he go to the YMCA and sign up for a defense class. Bobby mistakenly signed up for the Women’s self defense class and learned to kick men in their testicles for self-defense.  Bobby did this to a bully at school and got in trouble. Bobby had to go speak with the school principal. Hank responded to the school’s concern by attending a meeting with the principal and not ignoring the issue.  Hank approached Bobby in a calm manner later that evening and informed Bobby he was going to teach him how to fight fairly and explained it is never appropriately to kick below the belt.  Hank tried to encourage Bobby by sparing in the garage however Bobby got frustrated and kicked his father in the testicles. Hank tried to effectively communicate during the situation by addressing the issue with Bobby maturely even though Bobby did not respond maturely. Bobby got in trouble for this and was instructed not to play video games. Later in the episode Bobby was playing a video game when he realized Hank was still incapacitated from being kicked.  Peggy took the game from Bobby and when he got upset he tried to kick Peggy where her testicles would be if she was a man.  Bobby realized it was a losing battle and followed his parents instructions. Peggy and Hank worked cooperatively to try to correct Bobby’s behavior in a positive way by teaching him how to fight properly and that it is not okay to disregard Hank’s instructions.  Peggy supported Hank by helping him follow through with Bobby’s punishment, thus setting clear expectations for Bobby.

BP 4

Infants exhibiting difficult behavior traits such as fearfulness (reactivity) or irritability (negative emotionality) could negatively influence caregiving behaviors.  Infants exhibiting these traits tend to cry more and are fussier.  A caregiver works to build attachment through synchrony and other interactions. Examples of synchrony are mother’s gazing or smiling back, mimicking child’s interactions and vice versa.  This bonding would be strained by stressed emotions. It would also require more effort from the caregiver in soothing the child to encourage strong attachment.  Easy babies who exhibit positive affect trait through smiling and laughing could inspire more quality interaction from a caregiver building stronger attachment.

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