Meet the Washington’s: Case Study
Assessment 3 Instructions:
Meet the Washingtons: Case
Write a 2–3 page paper that summarizes a member of the Washington family and
applies at least one cognitive or psychosocial theory, using scholarly research
and your textbook to support your claims.
When working with clients representing different age groups, you will need to be
able to analyze their cognitive or psychological development to know how to
most effectively help them deal with an identified problem. You will need to be
able to identify why the client is displaying attitudes and behaviors and identify
ethical issues to consider when working with clients.
Complete the Riverbend City: Meet the Washingtons interactive media piece.
Make sure you have done the following before starting the assessment:
• Choose a character from the case study media piece to study.
• Select at least one cognitive or psychosocial theory to apply to your chosen family
member and review your textbook for information on the theory.
• Choose a theoretical concept for the age group of your member and find at least one
scholarly research article that supports this concept.
• Review the brain activity for the character.
• Review the APA code of ethics to identify ethical issues to consider when working
For this assessment, write a 2–3–page paper using the information you found
related to your chosen family member’s development. Analyze your chosen
family member’s cognitive or psychological development and their physical brain
development. Based on the theory you choose, the research article that supports
the theory, and the brain development of the family member you select, describe
why the character is displaying the attitudes and behaviors depicted in the case
study media piece. Describe ethical issues to consider when working with your
Learn about each family member. Select any family member to read more about them.
Riverbend City –Meet the Washingtons
The Washingtons are a five-generation family living in Riverbend City, a mid-sized city in the Midwest.
Betty Washington – 83 years old
Betty Washington is 83. She lives with her grandson Bob and his wife Lorraine in Riverbend City. Her son, David, lives across the street.
David Washington – 64 years old
David Washington is a 64-year-old man who lives in Riverbend City. He has a son named Bob, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He lives alone, across the street from Bob. His mother lives with Bob and his wife, Lorraine.
Bob Washington – 44 years old
Bob Washington is a 44-year-old man who lives in Riverbend City. He and his wife Lorraine have four children: Tyler, Ava, Emma, and Kyla. Bob’s grandmother, Betty, lives with them.
Lorraine Washington – 43 years old
Lorraine Washington is a 43-year-old woman who lives in Riverbend City. She and her husband Bob have four children: Tyler, Ava, Emma, and Kyla. Bob’s grandmother, Betty, lives with them.
Ava Washington – 9 years old
Ava is a 9-year-old girl from a large family. She is the youngest child with two older sisters and an older brother. Her brother Tyler is married and has two children of his own. She and her two sisters live with their parents and their great-grandmother. Their grandfather lives across the street.
Ava loves her family but feels left out. She used to be close with Tyler, but that changed when he got married. Her oldest sister, Kyla, ignores her, which is a change from the days when Kyla spent time playing with her when she was much younger. She fights often with her other sister, Emma.
She spends most of her time playing with her friends or on her own. She has close-knit friends; three other girls in her class who live nearby. They often try to get together in the evening and on weekends if their parents will agree to it.
Ava has a collection of stones that she likes to sort by color, size, or texture depending on the day. She has also developed an interest in maps and tries to figure out different routes for her mom to take when they run errands. Google Earth has become a favorite of hers. Her father often asks her to help him find new routes to places.
Ava describes herself:
“I’m pretty smart and do well in school, except in English class. I’m not good there. But I’m really good at math.”
“I’m well-liked by friends, but not everyone likes me.”
“I have good friends; we always help each other.”
“I like horses but not other animals. My friends think that’s a bit weird.”
“I’m pretty flexible, so I want to be in gymnastics, but my parents say they don’t have the time.”
“I’m not as pretty as my sisters; my nose is too big.”
Emma Washington – 13 years old
Emma is a 13-year-old girl from a large family. She has one younger sister, one older sister, and one older brother. Her brother Tyler is married and has two children of his own. She and her two sisters live with their parents and their great-grandmother. Their grandfather lives across the street.
Emma gets along well with her father but often argues with her mother and grandfather. She alternates between being close to her sisters and wanting nothing to do with them. Recently, she and Ava, her younger sister, have been fighting a great deal.
More and more often, Emma takes every comment made personally—believing the speaker means it negatively about her. Her arguments with everyone in the family have left her isolated at home. She spends most of her time on the phone or Internet with friends.
She spends an hour and a half getting ready every morning and is never satisfied with her appearance. She has taken up three extreme diets in the past year, giving up on them after a few weeks. When she has done well on a diet, she’s received positive comments from boys her age, but otherwise they ignore her.
When considering what classes to take at school, her parents told her which ones would be most useful for getting into college for a degree to teach elementary school children. But in the end, she chose classes taught by the teachers her friends told her were the best.
Though she wants to be a teacher, her parents have repeatedly told her they cannot afford to send her to college. They will support her decision if she can figure out how to pay for it. Lately, she’s been saying that she is not sure she will be a teacher. She has stopped making plans for her future and instead spends her time texting with her friends and watching YouTube videos.
Emma describes herself:
“I’m always social with my friends, but I try to avoid talking to my family.”
“I’m overweight and likely to get fat.”
“Only my friends like me. Everyone else thinks I’m stupid.”
Kyla Washington – 16 years old
Kyla is a 16-year-old girl from a large family. She has two younger sisters and an older brother. Her brother Tyler is married and has two children of his own. She and her two sisters live with their parents and their great-grandmother. Their grandfather lives across the street.
Kyla is close to her mother; they both share in interest in cooking. Since she was little, she has loved the time in the kitchen when she had her mom all to herself. She has been thinking of learning to be a chef after she graduates high school.
She babysits her niece and nephew to earn extra money and saves some of it toward the costs of a culinary school. Whenever someone will let her use a kitchen, she practices new techniques and makes new recipes. The whole family compliments her on her cooking and thinks she has great talent.
Kyla argues with her dad constantly, certain that she knows the truth and her dad knows nothing. Most recently, they have been debating censorship and the Internet. Though she is constantly on the Internet, she firmly believes that online content should be controlled, whereas her dad believes in the freedom of speech and expression.
She posts selfies on social media and then worries about the number of responses she gets. Her parents have provided her with several studies and statistics about the possible dangers of being so heavily involved with social media, but Kyla refuses to reduce her time spent online because she fears she would miss out.
Kyla describes herself:
“I’m really great in the kitchen, but not good with school learning.”
“I’m pretty introverted but can be extroverted if the situation is right, like around my family.”
“I’ve got a great plan and know I’ll do well as a chef.”
“I’m pretty in a girl-next-door way, very nice, and talented.”
“I’ve got a great group of friends and we’re going to be friends until we’re old and gray.”
Tyler Washington – 23 years old
Tyler Washington is 23. He lives in Riverbend City with his wife Anna. They have two young children, Liam and Mia
Anna Washington – 24 years old
Anna Washington is 24. She lives in Riverbend City with her husband Tyler. They have two young children, Liam and Mia.
Liam Washington – 5 years old
Liam Washington is 5. He lives with his parents, Tyler and Anna, and his sister, Mia.
Mia Washington – 2 years old
Mia Washington is 2. She lives with her parents, Tyler and Anna, and her brother, Liam.
Use the APA Paper Template [DOC] to complete the following:
• Write a 2–3–page paper.
• Use in–text citations in the paper and create title and reference pages.
Your assessment should also meet the following requirements:
• Written communication: Writing should be free of errors that detract from the
• APA formatting: References and citations should be formatted according to current
APA style and formatting.
• Paper length: 2–3 typed, double–spaced pages, not including the title page and
• Resources: One peer–reviewed source, your textbook, and the APA code of ethics.
• Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your
proficiency in the course competencies through the following assessment scoring
• Competency 1: Apply information literacy skills to topics in human lifespan
o Evaluate research from scholarly articles.
• Competency 2: Interpret human behaviors using theories of human lifespan
development across developmental domains.
o Apply a psychological theory to a case study.
o Provide examples of contributions of biological, cognitive, or sociocultural domains.
• Competency 3: Explain research found in scholarly articles related to human
o Apply research findings to a case study.
• Competency 4: Apply ethics to problems in human lifespan development.
o Apply ethics to problem presented in assessment.
• Competency 5: Communicate with clear purpose, organization, evidence, tone, and
o Include APA–style citations when including references.
o Write an organized presentation with clear purpose, proper grammar, and with a