Sample Psychology Case Study Paper on Psychosocial Perspectives Across the Life

Interview (Appendix C). The final aspect of data collection involves an interview with the person who is the primary caregiver for the child/adolescent. Your goal is to learn as much as possible about the participant and their family, school, and neighbourhood environments that influence development. It does not matter if some of these questions were answered in other aspects of data collection. Information from a variety of informants is useful to increase the reliability and validity of your findings. Use the list below to select questions that are relevant and salient for the child’s age and stage of development. The following factors are known through research to be important for human development. They are grouped according to developmental systems theory which is also known as bioecological theory and biopsychosocial theory. In this theory, psychological factors include social and emotional functioning, while social factors are those within the family and community that influence development. Proximal factors (those that happen most recently) are generally more salient than distal factors (those that happen a long time ago), however, a distal factor may be important if it was atypical or notable. For example, a pregnancy complication might be important for an older child, adolescent, or adult if it resulted in a significant impairment in cognitive function. Salient psychological factors Emotional regulation (children 5 years and under) Attentional regulation (children 5 years and under) Social regulation (children 5 years and under) Cognitive functioning: language, memory, problem solving (all children/adolescents) Literacy and numeracy (children 6 years to 10 years) School achievement (children 6 years and over and adolescents) Self-esteem (children 6 years and over and adolescents) Body image (children 6 years and over and adolescents) Self-efficacy (children 6 years and over and adolescents) Experience of stress (adolescents) Mental health problems (children 6 years and over and adolescents) I am talking about normal child under 5 years old with all standard developments and no other physical or mental problems. Normal delivery, normal growth during baby years and now in K1 , with basic conversation skills and a bit of writing and piano. Your report Write your report in the style of an academic article using APA (7th ed.) headings, formal paragraphs, 1.5 line spacing throughout (including the reference list), and formal academic English writing in full sentences with correct spelling and grammar. It is not appropriate to write in note form or to use dot-points. It is customary in formal academic writing to use an impersonal writing style (e.g. passive voice and third person). While I suggest you do this when possible, there are times when it is better to use a personal style (e.g. active voice and first person). It is better to say “I” rather than refer to yourself as “the researcher” or “the author”. See the example on page 6. Your writing will need to be precise and concise. The report is limited to 2000 words (10% over the word limit is acceptable), excluding in-text references, the reference list, and appendices. A Word document is required. It is important that you do not attach pdf files or other scanned documents as these will make it run slowly in Blackboard. It is suggested that you use the following headings and word limits for each section: Title page (including name and student id) Contents page Introduction (100 words) Background Information (100 words) Biological Factors (500 words) Psychological Factors (500 words) Social Factors (500 words) Predictions for Next Five Years (200 words) Conclusion Findings (100 words) References Use the introduction to tell the reader what your report is about using the language of life course and bioecological theory. Also describe how you know the participant and why you selected them, and to describe specific details of the observation, interaction, and interview process. You must include sufficient detail – see the marking rubric. Next, report relevant background information, including the: participant’s age and sex; age and sex of siblings; age, ethnic background, specific education level, and specific occupation of parent(s); proximity of extended family members; and the sociodemographic characteristics of the participant’s residential suburb and neighbourhood. Describe all salient aspects of the participant’s biological, psychological, and social development in the three major sections of the report drawing on the data you have collected and presented in the three appendices (You should include all aspects of development in the list on Page 4). Do not simply transcribe information from your appendices. While mentioning all salient aspects of development you should only highlight and discuss in some detail 2-3 aspects of development that are atypical or notable in each section. For example: if a young child was born at term, within the usual weight range, and has no disabilities or chronic illnesses, you only need mention this in a sentence; if a child’s height/weight ratio indicates that they are overweight, you should discuss this and refer to recent evidence-based literature; if a child’s fine motor skills are beyond expectations, you should discuss this and refer to recent evidence-based literature. You are required to use at least 8 journal articles that report recent, relevant research findings. You will find that many research articles have a very useful review of evidence-based literature at the beginning. I suggest you first look for articles in your reading list that are relevant to your case study. It is not acceptable to use your textbook (Belsky) as a reference or any other books or textbooks in Psychology, Sociology, Nursing, Human Development, etc. The use of information and downloads from Websites (e.g. Wikipedia, Beyond Blue, HealthInsite, WHO) will not be accepted, with the exception of those reporting demographic or statistical information from the Australian Bureau of Statistics or growth charts from Australian state government sources. The information you find in the journal articles should be woven into your report and properly cited using APA (7th ed.) referencing guidelines. Use the following as examples of how to write up your findings: