Development Case Study
To prepare for this assessment, view the case study Timothy’s Story, linked in the Resources under the Required Resources heading.
Drawing on what you learned about Timothy in the multimedia presentation and on your knowledge of child development, write a 4–6 page analysis of Timothy’s situation and the possibilities for intervention and improvement in his life. In your analysis, include the following:
Provide a brief recap of the case.
Summarize attachment theory, and discuss Timothy’s attachment style to a parent or caregiver. Provide specific examples from the case to support your position.
Describe how Timothy’s attachment to his parents will affect his current and later physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development. Provide examples from each childhood stage.
Discuss factors that affect attachment security (secure and insecure). Apply Bronfenbrenner’s ecological model to discuss how contextual and ecological factors such as poverty, education, the environment of the home, and poor quality childcare affect child development.
Describe disordered attachment and treatments available. Use the Capella library to find at least two peer-reviewed articles that focus on disordered attachments and their treatment.
Identify a strategy at each stage of Timothy’s development (early years, elementary years, and adolescence) that would help promote secure attachment.
You are urged to use Capella University’s Writing Center to help you develop clear and effective writing. Through the Writing Center, you will be able to receive feedback on your writing, use writing resources, discover new writing strategies, and explore different ways to draft, revise, edit, and proofread your own work.
If you wish, you may use the APA Paper Template, linked in the Resources, to complete your assessment.
Written communication: Ensure that your writing is free of errors that detract from the overall message.
APA formatting: Format your paper according to APA style.
Length: Write 4–6 typed and double-spaced pages.
Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.
Resources: Include at least two peer-reviewed articles from the Capella University Library.
Click the link to view the following multimedia piece, which is required for the assessment:
Timothy’s Story | Transcript.
The resources provided here are optional and support the assessment. They provide helpful information about the topics. You may use other resources of your choice to prepare for this assessment; however, you will need to ensure that they are appropriate, credible, and valid. The PSYC-FP2700 – Child Development Library Guide can help direct your research. The Supplemental Resources and Research Resources, both linked from the left navigation menu in your courseroom, provide additional resources to help support you.
Berk, L. E., & Meyers, A. B. (2016). Infants and children: Prenatal through middle childhood (8th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson. Available from the bookstore.
Chapter 7, “Emotional and Social Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood,” pages 244–281.
This chapter provides information about attachment and attachment security.
Attachment Security and Development
This video connects attachment to the overall development process.
This video was purchased through Films Media Group for use in this Capella Course.
Parenting 101: Basic Skills for Raising Confident Children | Transcript
Helping children grow into respectful, well-behaved, and confident young people is challenging. Successful parents often rely on the experience of experts and other parents.
Run time: 23 minutes.
Ildiz, G. I., & Ahmetoglu, E. (2016). An examination of attachment status of preschool children. International Education Studies, 9(12), 232–243.
This article discusses the impact of attachment on development in an education setting.
For the assessment you will apply the model to explain the impacts of contextual and ecological factors on child development.
Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Theory
This media item provides information about Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Theory.
Disordered Attachment and Treatment
These articles are examples of current research on disordered attachments and their treatment. Use the Capella Library or Google Scholar to search for additional peer-reviewed articles that can be referenced as required in the assessment.
Giltaij, H. P., Sterkenburg, P. S., & Schuengel, C. (2015). Psychiatric diagnostic screening of social maladaptive behavior in children with mild intellectual disability: Differentiating disordered attachment and pervasive developmental disorder behavior. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 59(2), 138–149.
This resource demonstrates connections between disordered attachment and development.
Swope, C. K. (2016). An exploration of attachment, trauma, and treatment outcome in a cognitive behavioral therapy-based group anger management program: A multiple case study (Order No. 10196226). ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global.
This resource connects attachment to the treatment process.
Strategies to Promote Secure Attachment
These articles present research on strategies to promote attachment. Use the Capella Library to search for other examples of research on attachment-promotion strategies for each stage of development of the case study subject.
Cheng, G., Zhang, D., Sun, Y., Jia, Y., & Ta, N. (2015). Childless adults with higher secure attachment state have stronger parenting motivation. Personality and Individual Differences, 87, 39–44.
Ding, F., Zhang, D., & Cheng, G. (2016). The effect of secure attachment state and infant facial expressions on childless adults’ parental motivation. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1237–1243.