Case study — client development Essay Example

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Topic: The theory of life span development

Question 1

Using the theory of lifespan development, analyze the situation of this family focusing on the mum and nick developmental stage

This family is experiencing stress and depressions after the loss of the father, many changes have happened in the family both financially, and socially. The mother had never accepted the loss of the husband and adapted to the new life as a widow; she no longer socializes with other people; she is lonely and finds her consolation from the last-born son Nick, who is five years old. She has never had any other relationship with any other man. In addition, her son Nick misses the love of the father; he misses the figure father in the house, and that makes his behavior has become worse. The mother now has to spend most of the time working to make sure she gets extra money to sustain her family. Her son Nick is depressed he does not cope well with other members of the family as well as his peers in school since the loss of his father. He has not adapted and accepted that he died; he still stays at the gate hoping that he would come back again.

Question 1 (a)

Identify for each of them at which developmental stage they are, Using physical, cognitive, or social developmental stage

Nick is in his teen stage the Trust VS. Mistrust stage, does not know what he really wants in life, he wants to identify himself. He had developed self-identity and character that has been affected by the experiences that he could not succeed to manage when he lost his father while still a toddler. He learns and socializes with other peers, and acquire new skills; he has developed social behavior that is affected by the experiences of his father’s death. He becomes very violent and unbearable everywhere he goes. He does not receive enough parental love since one parent is not there; he has just concentrated all his attention and love from the mother, which has later affected his character. He does not relate well with other peers in school, for instance, he is not allowed to attend the parties because his behavior is disturbing, he cannot also stay in school without having suspensions because of his behavior.

Mum is in the seventh developmental stage where she must be between 35 to around 55; this is a stage called generativity versus self-absorption. She produces and cares for the children. She has children whom she provides for and cares for them as a parent. She is in charge of the family even after the loss of her husband, she plays the role of parenthood, and she transmits value and culture to her children. She tames the children, and she works hard to make sure she manages to raise her family (Kraus 13, 2008).

Question 1 (b)

What factors have influenced this person up to this stage, what things have happened in their life that have had the impact on the current stage

The death of their father has influenced their life so much, the mother has not been able to adapt to the current situation after the loss of her husband. Nick initially had the full parental love from both parents, but he no longer receives his fatherly love. He decides to concentrate more on the mother’s side, who gives him a lot of attention and love that spoils his personality and behavior at home and school. The environmental factors also affect Nick, for instance in school, he uses his behavior to attract more friend who encourages him, giving him the motivation to continue with his behavior. Because of the bad behavior, Nick has not been able to cope with the schoolwork as he used to do, he has become a nuisance to the administration and he is a social misfit since his behavior is unbearable (Fingerman 22, 2011).

Question 2

What do you think are the major issues this family is facing, identify for mum and Nick the major issues that they are dealing with

The mother is struggling with the family because she does not have enough financial support yet she also has children attending secondary, university, and the need school fees, so she is forced to work long hours to earn extra money. The mother is very much depressed and still mourns the loss of the husband. She also lacks that love and affection from the husband. Nick is very frustrated because his life changed suddenly; life changed in such a way that they no longer live in the same social class since the mother has extra financial burdens. Nick is also psychologically affected for loosing his father and lacking that father figure. He does not also receive attention and love from the siblings, as they believe his mother for pampering him so much spoils him (Shaffer 10, 2010).

Question 3

What could be the issues that the older siblings are dealing with, identify two for each

They are accepting the situation and adapting to their different lives; the elder sister is managing her relationship issues that might have been affected by the experience by being brought up by a single parent. His brother is also dealing with financial crisis and relationship crisis that he is trying to settle.

Question 4

Do you think that these issues can be explained by each person’s life span development stage or emotional factors if you think there are any, and why you believe they affects the individual, why are they making an impact now at this stage in their life

Both emotional and lifespan stages affected this family. Emotionally, they have not been able to cope with the current situation and accept that they lost a family member who will not come back. They also do not know that despite all life has to continue. The mother’s experiences have affected her so much that every time she sees her son Nick, she remembers the husband, and that makes it hard for her to cope and forget easily.

Question 5

What issues might you as a community worker identify as requiring additional support?

This family needs some medical attention especially for the mother and the Nick; they need a councilor and a psychiatrist who can help them accept and overcome the current situation successfully without skipping since that can really affect their future. They need a therapist who can help them cope with the current situation so that it cannot affect their future (Neukrug 14, 2008).


Fingerman, K. L. (2011). Handbook of lifespan development. New York, Springer Pub. Co.

Kraus, K. L. (2008). Lenses: applying lifespan development theories in counseling. Boston, MA, Lahaska Press.

Neukrug, E. (2008). Theory, practice, and trends in human services: an introduction. Pacific Grove, CA, Thomson Brooks/Cole.

Shaffer, D. R., & Kipp, K. (2010). Developmental psychology: childhood and adolescence. Belmont, CA, Wadsworth Cengage Learning.