Emily: A Case Study in Adolescent Development

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Emily: A Case Study in Adolescent Development


This case study details the developmental milestones of an adolescent girl named Emily. Emily is 12 years old and lives with her mother who is a single parent. According to many theorists and researches, because she is being raised by a single mother, Emily is an at-risk adolescent who may have trouble properly hitting developmental milestones along with her peers. After observing Emily in her natural environment, then spending time interacting with Emily and interviewing her mother Elizabeth, I found that Emily is a typically developing adolescent. Emily has developed before or along with her peers physically, cognitively, and psychosocially. Emily appears to be developing a healthy sense of independence and self concept. Finally, Emily is healthy and appears to be progressing through puberty at a normal rate.

Emily: A Case Study In Adolescent Development

Emily is a 12-year-old girl. Since birth she has lived with her mother Elizabeth in a small South Carolina town - population 60,000.

She was an only child until three years ago when her brother Wade was born. Emily's mother Elizabeth is a single mother. Emily has never met her own father but had grown close to Wade's father, her step dad, when he died nine months ago from Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Emily's mother According to Milstead and Perkins (2010), a child's family is central to their successful development. Their research suggests that children who are raised in non-traditional families are at a disadvantage is all areas of development as well as socioeconomically. This case study will examine typical physical, cognitive, and psychosocial milestone of adolescent children and if 12-year-old Emily has been negatively affected in these areas as a result of her living in a single parent home.

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At 12 years old Emily is entering...