One Child’s Development within Family Context

Select a family that fits into ONE of the following categories: Single-parent headed Low-income families, including Head Start families Having a child with disabilities Teen parents Low maternal education English as second language or comes from a different culture Minority One or both parents having severe medical conditions Family enrolled in public assistance or in social welfare Families with child abuse records Grandparents are primary caregivers Divorced families Re-married families (It is ok if the family you choose fits into several categories, e.g., a divorced family with a disabled child) Select ONE child within the family who is between 0-8 years old. The family might have more than one child, but you will only focus on one child. Conduct an interview with ONE PARENT (no need to observe the child in home or child care setting). Your goal is to collect data/information from the parent, and then use the data to write a paper about how ONE SPECIFIC family factor has impacted a child’s development. The examples of family factors that you can study include: Parenting style Parental stresses and depression Parent involvement with learning Parent-child relationship Couple relationship Sibling relationship Parental expectations and values toward education Family tradition and cultural backgrounds Family values REMEMBER, YOU NEED TO FOCUS ON ONLY ONE FACTOR (NO MORE THAN ONE!) and study in depth. The above is NOT an exclusive list of possible family factors that might impact child development. You also can decide your own topic and consult the instructor before you conduct the interview. You will need to come up a list of detailed interview questions BEFORE you conduct the interview with the parent. Your goal is to collect sufficient information about: (1) the family factor that you aim to study (e.g., parent-child attachment relationship); and (2) the child’s development in one specific developmental area (e.g., emotional development). In your final paper, you are required to CONNECT the family factor (e.g., attachment relationship) WITH the child’s development (e.g., emotional development) to understand HOW that family factor has impacted the child’s development. Focus on ONLY ONE child developmental domain: social, emotional (focus on either social or emotional, but not both because these are still two distinct domains), physical, cognitive, or language development, and this domain should theoretically and hypothetically connect with the family factor that you choose to study. For example, if you decide to study “parenting” as the family factor, then the child development area that you might want to focus on is “social” OR “emotional”. If you decide to study “parent involvement in learning” as the family factor, then the child development area that you might want to focus on is “cognitive”. Write a coherent and integrative case study paper by addressing the following components: A clear introduction of the family and the child (e.g., how old the mother is, what kind of work she does, how many children in the family); The child’s developmental status within one area (give some specific details); How the family factor you studied has impacted the child’s development in the specific area/domain that you focused on. The main task of the paper is to integrate and analyze the data you collected, and write a coherent paper about the possible mechanisms/ways that a certain aspect of the family impacts the child. Identify the family’s potential risks, difficulties, stressors, or protector factors that might impact the child’s development. For example, if you studied parent involvement, and you found through the interview that the parent had very low level of involvement with the child, then this low involvement is a risk factor for child’s development. You will find that even the families that we interviewed are from disadvantaged background, some of the families might be doing perfectly well. Then in your interview and paper, please identify the protective factors that support the child’s development (please note that the factors should be still within your focus area, e.g., parenting). In your paper, you can quote some of the parent’s original statements to support your arguments. But you cannot simply drop all statements from the parent into the paper. The quotation needs to be purposeful and meaningful. Attach a full list of your interview questions and at least one-page interview transcript (the questions and the parent’s actual answers; please TYPE UP) BY THE END of the paper. The parent’s answers are definitely more than one page, but I only want to see some examples answers. So, just one-page transcript would be good. Please give example answers to some KEY questions (not answers to the questions like “how old are you”). VERY IMPORTANT: Please DO NOT put the whole interview questions and answers in the middle of the paper. This paper is a formal academic writing that involves analysis and integration of the data you collected from the interview. Part II (15 points): Intervention Design Design an intervention model that helps to specifically address the potential risks, difficulties, or stressors that you have identified through your case study of the child and his/her developmental environment. If the child is developing well (you did not identify risk factors), then the intervention aims to further optimize his or her development. In other words, we are not just trying to look for the risks or challenges; if the child is doing well, then the intervention is to help the child do even better (even the families function well, they still could use more help). The intervention can be a curriculum design within child care setting or a community-based support program. Please specify the following components in your intervention plan: