This is a Case Study using scholarship to describe an aspect (either a problem OR a prospect for positive adolescent development) of an adolescents life based on a real world, media, or literature adolescent case. For the case study, you describe an adolescent who represents a case or example of an aspect of adolescence (i.e., a problem or a positive prospect). The case study should be written as a human-interest story in essay format with headings and subheadings for a magazine or newspaper in which research sources are used as references. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines human interest as a quality that attracts attention because it involves the experiences of real people. For this assignment, we will expand the criteria to include a character from a novel, film, or TV series. Choose a person or character who can give us a sense of the life of an adolescent and how the problem or positive prospect is manifested in that adolescents life. You are free to choose any problem or positive prospect. In the case study essay, I would like to see some background or context (while disguising identifying information) to help us know this adolescent (e.g., their age along the continuum of adolescence, gender, or social class). In addition, I would like a description of the aspect of that persons life on which you will focus and why this person is a good case to illustrate this aspect.
In the description of the adolescents life, especially their problem or positive prospect, you must draw from concepts of adolescent psychology and adolescent development and ideas from psychology research to describe what is going with that specific adolescent.
The essay should make in-text references to at least three pieces of scholarship. The scholarship could include the information from the text book: ADOLESCENCE, ELEVENTH EDITION by Steinberg, Laurence D., journal articles, and scientific research data reports. You may use other types of sources, like news reports, but the three scholarly ones are the minimum. If your case is fictional, provide a citation for their source. The purpose of incorporating relevant scholarly information in the description of the case is to elevate the presentation of the story from merely an observation to an analysis. Beyond presenting a human-interest situation, the references help the reader *understand* what this means or why it might be happening from the perspective of knowledge in the field of adolescent psychology.
BODY- human-interest story in essay format with headings and subheadings for a magazine or newspaper in which research sources are used as references.
If I were to write a case study for this assignment, I would like to write mine about an adolescent I know that pursued a relationship with someone that exerted emotional control and abuse over her. I would look into information in research articles and in the textbook about adolescent relationships, dating, and the occurrence of control and abuse at that age. I may find news reports that illustrate what I have seen in this adolescent. I would look for articles that may help explain why this adolescent prioritized that relationship over her family; and I will investigate potential consequences of this situation, especially consequences that may be already evident in her life.
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