For the individual final paper, students can choose one of the following four options (A, B, C, and D).6-10 Page Paper
All papers should be a minimum of (6) typed pages and a maximum of (10) pages. In addition to your 6-10 pages, please include a title page, a table of contents, and reference pages. At least 2/3 of the references should have been published within the last 5 years. Papers should be in APA format, double-spaced using Times New Roman, size 12 for the font.
The purpose of this final paper is to enhance your knowledge and understanding of normal development during adolescence or adulthood. You should select a developmental task (or tasks) appropriate for either adolescence or adulthood. For example, the development of an identity is a task that typically occurs during adolescence in Erickson’s theory of psychosocial development. You should review the literature related to this developmental task and write a comprehensive literature review that addresses not only the traditional views and theoretical explanations for this task, but also explores non-traditional explanations as well. For example, if you choose the issue of spousal abuse, you must address the traditional views outlined in the literature which define the cause and role of battering in interpersonal relationships including the alternative view of some theorists that violence in relationships can be viewed as acceptable behavior. In so doing, you must identify the value systems underlying both traditional and alternative views on the issues. Your literature review may focus on normal development in adolescence or adulthood, or abnormal development. Illustrating your literature with case examples, either from your field experiences or the literature is required. For example, you may focus on abnormal development in adolescence, providing a case example of how teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, or depression may derail the normal development process.
The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.
Additionally, each student will be responsible for interviewing a MSW faculty member who has experience with your topic to learn how the individual applies and integrates knowledge and values relating to human behavior and the social environment in their practice with clients with your selected developmental task. The student must also discuss the implications of the research for social work practice and social policy. (See Objectives 1, 7, 8, 11, 12).
If you should use a work experience or field experience, please protect the identity of all individuals involved by changing the names, dates, and locales to protect the innocent persons involved.
Use developmental/ecological theory to address a psychosocial problem.
Problem description: Identify a psychosocial problem, e.g., a phenomenon of psychosocial pain or distress, experienced in a particular population group, in particular individuals, or in families. Based on 5-10 background readings, articles, interviews, etc., discuss the problem’s scope, severity, ramifications, and current intervention strategies. As you do research you may well find yourselves needing to narrow your problem down to a specific population, age group, individual, or community. This is, you may find yourself narrowing down to a “case group” from a very broad swath of the population (e.g., “early teen mothers raising children” narrowed down from “teen parents”).
Mastery of theory: Identify either Erikson’s life-cycle theory of psychosocial development or Bronfenbrenner’s theory of ecological development as your primary basis for understanding your chosen problem. Demonstrate mastery of this theory’s principles and premises. Describe the theory in your own words, showing the instructor that you understand what it says, what it attempts to explain, what its central elements are (as discussed in class and in assigned readings), and what it tells us about human behavior and the social environment.
Theory-based problem analysis: Discuss the psychosocial problem in terms of your chosen primary theory. Look at your chosen problem through the unique lens provided by your chosen theory, integrating Sections 1) and 2), above. This integration is the essential foundation on which the group will build your intervention. Toward what issues about your problem does the theory direct your attention? How does this theory help you understand or explain the problem? Its development? Its perpetuation? Its impact and ramifications?
6-10 Page Paper