Clearly and correctly identifies characteristics of the case study that are indicative of the client’s current cognitive abilities, psychosocial development, and behavioural capacity.
Correctly discerns and eloquently describes appropriate theories for explaining the case study’s current capacities and stage of development.
Identifies appropriate characteristics of the client’s family home environment and relationships that are contributing to the client’s behaviour.
Correctly discerns and eloquently describes appropriate theories for explaining how the family home environment and social life are contributing to the client’s behaviour.
Evidence of Critical Discussion:
Correctly uses theory and research to determine the extent to which the case study demonstrate “normal/abnormal” development and mental health.Provides an informed discussion of social contextual factors influence the client’s social situation, and development, using social and cognitive developmental theories, and resilience theory.
Relevant papers are reviewed, and are inter-related and build upon each other. Provides relevant supporting evidence. Represented authors/studies cited, fairly and accurately.
Jessica is a 17-year-old girl who lives with her mother. Jessica was sent to us by her mother, who had taken part in a presentation about excessive mobile phone usage. She received a referral for my services from her family GP.
Presenting Problem and Situation:
Jessica was cooperative during the session; she did not initial consider her phone usage excessive. She told me that she could give up her smartphone usage if she really wanted to, but in that case, she would be abandoned by her friends, and therefore she did not want to do so. During our conversation, she filled out the Beck Depressive Questionnaire, which indicated a mild state of depression at 20 (t-score = 55).
Jessica recently started completing a Certificate III in Retail and is studying to try and secure a full-time job in retail. She has previously completed a Certificate II in Retail. She explained that currently does not care about her schooling and often misses class. So far, Jessica had no luck finding a fulltime job that suits her interests. At high school, she enjoyed drama class, but once she left high school did not pursue the interest further.
Six years earlier, when she was 12, she received her first smartphone. At first, she rarely used it; however, as smartphone functions became more comprehensive, she spent more and more time with it. Currently, Jessica uses her smartphone 4–6 hr per day. This usage is not continuous; however, she feels a gradually growing pressure to use her mobile phone approximately every 30 minutes. She manages everything with her smartphone and uses plenty of applications, for example, photo editor, music recognition, or public sites. Interestingly, she rarely makes phone calls, and the monthly fee that can be used for phone calls is not used up entirely for every month.