The Lifespan Development Case Study

The interviewee was born at 38 weeks but premature by birth weight, and suffered from an umbilical hernia. After surgery to repair the condition, he flourished, gained weight, and was talking monosyllables at about six months. He began to walk at about eight months, and without supports close to one year. Interviewee was comparatively more advanced, although he was painfully shy. The home environment was different from others in that his father was assigned to work outside of the country, and he did not know his dad personally until he was two years old, when he resigned to work locally. His mother therefore gave him her undivided attention for the first two years, having resigned her job and working. The subject’s transition from childhood to adolescence was self-described as pleasant. He had a happy family life and developed a close relationship with his parents. There were instances when he was confused about his social role when he would be told that he was already a young man and during those times, he felt inadequate and unsure that he did not appear to know how to act as a young man, when it appeared every boy his age did. During this time of development, acceptance in his group of friends and approval from his parents were most important to him, although it bothered him at times that to get this approval he had to act in ways he would rather not have preferred to – like smoking with his friends. He is the first child in the family…. The subject’s transition from childhood to adolescence was self-described as pleasant. He had a happy family life and developed a close relationship with his parents. There were instances when he was confused about his social role when he would be told that he was already a young man and during those times, he felt inadequate and unsure that he did not appear to know how to act as a young man, when it appeared every boy his age did. During this time of development, acceptance in his group of friends and approval from his parents were most important to him, although it bothered him at times that to get this approval he had to act in ways he would rather not have preferred to – like smoking with his friends. He is the first child in the family, thus he enjoyed undivided attention until age 4 when he had a sister and, a year after, a brother. He appeared to have resented the fact that he had to share his mother’s time and attention, but later grew into the supportive and authoritative big brother role. He did well in his studies, chose friends who had his same penchant for academics, reading and computer games. The interview experienced no major issues during the time he was growing to adulthood, and he felt comfortable going to his parents for advice. Part III: Lifespan Development Project Presently, the interviewee is 25 years old, single, and a new doctor. While studying, he had been working as a professional physical therapist and treating children and adults in his home care practice. He lives in the city, and returns to his hometown in the country every Christmas break. The interviewee is still young, and yet he appears to have

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