For your final Assignment, you will write a 6–8 page case study paper that describes a hypothetical person in two stages of life development. View the person as a hypothetical client if you are studying Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) or Addictions or as a participant in a longitudinal research study if you are studying General Psychology. The goal of this paper is for you to present a developmental profile of a person in two consecutive stages of life (e.g., early and middle childhood), explaining their individual growth using biological, social, psychosocial, cognitive, and environmental theories. Select developmental periods that interest you and that correspond to your future career plans. For example, if you are studying to be an addictions specialist and want to work with adolescents, you might select adolescence and early adulthood. To begin, select the scenario that corresponds to your concentration track; then, choose two successive developmental stages. Create an outline of the client’s different developmental features during each of the developmental periods. Write a paper that follows the sample case study format (see below the scenarios). You must use at least five primary source references that are from peer-reviewed journals and the class text. Applied Behavioral Analysis Client: Jackson Age range: you decide — example early adulthood (20–40 yrs.) to middle adulthood (40–60 yrs.). Jackson has developed phobias over the last few years, specifically to spiders, heights, and germs. He (or his parents, if you make him a child) is uncertain as to when they began or how. However, the fear is debilitating and prevents him from being able to function in his life. Questions to use to guide your response: What are the main features of Jackson’s cognitive, social, biological, and psychosocial development during two developmental periods? Which therapeutic interventions would you suggest for helping him to reduce the fear? (Hint: Again, consider his developmental period in order to create appropriate interventions.) What predictions would you make for some developmental issues that might contribute to the phobias or prevent treatment from working?
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