J.D Case study

J.DCase study

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J.DCase study

Ashumanbeingsdevelop,theyundergoa seriesof changeboth physically,emotionally andcognitively. Differenttheoriesexplainthehumanbehavioracross their lifespan. Itis a casestudyof a femalein thelateadulthood aging82 yearsof a Native American originnamed J.D.Sheliveswith a nurseat homesince all her childrenaremakingtheir livesin differentplaces.However,theydropin occasionallyto checkon their mother,whosehealthis deterioratingdue to gout and her diabetic nature. Whensheis not sleeping,J.D spendsmuchof her timechattingwith thenurseorreadingher oldmagazinescompiledfrom her youth.

Applicationof social-emotional selectivity theory

Social-emotionalselectivity theory outlines that, as individuals grow old, theybecome choosy in their goals and they only pursue the things thathave favorable emotional returns. Their shrinking social spacetriggers them to reduce social contacts and they concentrate onpeople in their inner circle (Santrock, 2009). In thisstudy,thetheoryof social-emotional selectivity theorywill be applicable.Therationaleforusingthistheoryis thatitexplainsthedevelopmentof individualsin their lateadulthood andhesubjectof studyfallsunder thiscategory.It,therefore,standsa betterchancein helpingto understandJ.D.

Physicaldevelopment

At82, theJ.D’shealthcontinuesto deteriorate,andthere is a reducedphysicalenergy.Shecanno longer make lengthy walks orperformvigorousdomesticwork.Shehas soughttheassistanceof a helperto dothechoresforher. Asthetheorysuggests,oldpeoplebecomeselectiveof their activities,andtheysideline theonesthat theycannot handle(Santrock, 2009). Shespendsa considerablelongertimein beddespite complainingof sleeplessnesssometimes.Sheis quiteselectiveon her diet,andsheopts to feedon easilydigestiblefooddue to her poorlyrespondingdigestive system.

Socialdevelopment

J.Dhas veryfewclosefriendssaveforher childrenandnurse.Sheselectstheindividualswhomeana lotto her andwhomshehas a cordialrelationship.Sherarelygoesto publicfunctionto meetfriends.Her childrenhaveto travelall thewayto her hometo seeher, andshenevervisitsthem. Shehas a moresatisfyingrelationshipwith her childrenandher nurse,andrarelymembersto ventureoutside thecircle(Santrock, 2009).

Emotionaldevelopment

Inthelastmorethan one decade J.D has devoteda lotof timeto peoplewhohavebeencloseo her. Sheseemsto havea pleasurable relationshipwith thepeopleshehas beenclose.Her two daughtersandnursereceiveall her attention,andsheappearscontent. Readingher magazinesis a routineactivity,andsheseemsto derivememoriesfrom thearticles.Shebecomesrestlesswhenshethinksof her daughtersuntil theycallorphysicallyappearto reassureher thattheyare well.

Cognitivedevelopment

J.Dtendsto recounther bestmemoriesin life.She narratessomeof her pastexperienceswhich indeedweresatisfyingto her. Rarelywill sherecountnegativeoccurrences.Sheis veryselectivefrom theeventsthat will rekindle her happinessverytime.Asshedoesher routinereading,sheis verykeen,andshehas an undividedattention.Her moodis attributable to thepositivity in her thinking.However, she forgets very fast and her information processing issometimes very low (Santrock, 2009).

Moraldevelopment

Accordingto the social-emotional selectivity theory, individuals develop amoral concern for others when they get old (Santrock, 2009). At herage, J.Ddraws morallessonsfrom variousordealsthan most young adults.She has a lotof concernfortheimpactsof people’sbehavioron others. Sheis not readyto hurttheemotionsof thosecloseto her, andthismay be becausesheexpectsnothingless.However,sometimesshegetsirritatedfirstbutsheis alwaysapologeticlater.

Inconclusion,theemotional,social,cognitive, moralandphysicaldevelopmentof thesubjectfallssquarelywithin thetheory’sstageof development.Her cognitive, socialandphysicaldomainshavean explicitdevelopment.However,her moraldevelopmentis below averagesince sheis not ableto controlher emotionssometimes,andoccasionallyshedoesnot seemto mindtheeffectsof her actionstowards theotherpeople.Sheportraysafairlypredictablebehavioras explainedby thesocial-emotional selectivity theory.

References

Santrock,J. (2009). LifespanDevelopment14th Edition.McGraw Publishers: New York.