Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

Week 4: Social Development in Infants and Children

Assignment: Child Abuse and Neglect

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Physical, emotional, and sexual abuse can have a devastating impact on a child and his or her family members. Social workers need to understand how to recognize and respond to cases of abuse expertly and efficiently. With an empathetic and helpful social worker, victims/survivors of abuse can take their first step onto the long road toward healing. For this Assignment, read the case study Working With Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Trauma: The Case of Brandon and then consider what you would do if you were a social worker and had to report a parent of suspected child abuse.

By Day 7

Submit a 3- to 4-page paper in which you review the approach taken by the social worker in Brandon’s case. Identify how the social worker might have used the ecological model to understand Brandon’s situation based on a person-in-environment perspective. Explain the use of the ecological model in this case on micro, mezzo, and macro levels. Describe strengths the social worker may have missed in assessing Brandon and his mother. Review the challenges that the social worker identifies and explain the impact the abuse could have had on Brandon had his strengths not been identified and addressed. Please use the Learning Resources to support your answer.

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Grading Criteria

Responsiveness to Directions

13.5 (27%) – 15 (30%)

Assignment fully addresses all instruction prompts.


18 (36%) – 20 (40%)

Paper demonstrates an excellent understanding of all of the concepts and key points presented in the text(s) and Learning Resources. Paper provides significant detail including multiple relevant examples, evidence from the readings and other sources, and discerning ideas. Paper demonstrates exemplary critical thought.


13.5 (27%) – 15 (30%)

Assignment is well organized, uses scholarly tone, follows APA style, uses original writing and proper paraphrasing, contains very few or no writing and/or spelling errors, and is fully consistent with graduate level writing style. Assignment contains multiple, appropriate and exemplary sources expected/required for the assignment.

Required Readings

Zastrow, C. H., Kirst-Ashman, K. K., & Hessenauer, S. L.  (2019). Understanding human behavior and the social environment (11th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.

  • Chapter 4,      “Social Development in Infancy and Childhood” (pp. 159-232)

Holt, N., Kingsley, B., Tink, L., & Scherer, J., (2011). Benefits and challenges associated with sports participation by children and parents in low income families. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 12(5), 490–499.

Plummer, S.-B., Makris, S., & Brocksen S. M. (Eds.). (2014). Social work case studies: Foundation year. Baltimore, MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing. [Vital Source e-reader].

  • Working With      the Homeless Population: The Case of Diane
  • Working With      Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Trauma: The Case of Brandon

Roose, R., & DeBie, M., (2008). Children’s rights: A challenge for social work. International Social Work, 51(1), 37–46.