- Assignment 1: Case Study #1
Throughout this course, you’re learning how to use problem solving and
self and social awareness skills to practice the key concepts of
psychology. You’re discovering how self and social awareness and problem
solving work together to help you understand the perspectives of
others, examine situations objectively, and use evidence to develop and
make decisions. With this case study assignment, you’ll have the chance
to put your skills to work!
Read the case study below and use your problem solving and self and
social awareness skills to help a co-worker work through a difficult
Case Study and Questions
Gloria is a recent college graduate and a single mom to 16-year-old
Gary. Gloria and Gary used to be close. But recently, Gloria has noticed
that Gary is only focused on what his friends think about him. Gary
recently snuck out of his bedroom window and went to a party when he was
supposed to be studying for a big exam. Gloria caught him coming home
and smelled alcohol on his breath and marijuana on his clothes. Gloria
is shocked and appalled by her son’s recent behavior and grounded him
for two weeks.
Gloria comes to you because she needs some advice on how to handle her
son’s poor choices. Using what you have learned about the adolescent
brain and social development in Chapter 3 of the webtext, answer the
questions below to help Gloria understand why her son is making such
poor choices, and pose some recommendations to help her solve her
1. What happens to teen brains that make it difficult for someone like Gary to weigh risk and reward?
2. Why may Gary value his peers more than his mom?
3. What specific strategies or advice would you recommend that Gloria can do to help her son to make better decision
4. Place yourself in Gloria’s shoes; how do you think Gloria is feeling?
How can understanding her feelings help you offer constructive advice?
Use the Case Study #1 Assignment Template
to record your responses. For each question, you should write a
paragraph-length response (5-7 sentences) to receive credit for this
assignment. You may use your Soomo webtext as a resource. Once you have
completed your work, save the file and upload it to the assignment
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