Personality Development

Throughout this course, you will learn how to better use problem-solving, self and social awareness skills in order to practice key concepts within the field of psychology. Discovering how self and social awareness and problem-solving skills coincide may help you better understand the perspectives of others, examine situations objectively, and use evidence to make more accurate decisions. By employing this case study assignment, you will have the opportunity to put your skills to work.
Read the case study below and use your problem-solving and self and social awareness skills to help a colleague work through a difficult situation.

Touchstone 3.1: Personality Development
SCENARIO: Monica is a single mom who has a 16-year-old son named Jordan. Monica and Jordan were close at one point. As of late, Monica has been noticing that Jordan spends a lot of time focusing on what his friends think about him. Without his mothers permission, Jordan recently crawled out of his bedroom window and went to a party when he was supposed to be studying for an exam. Upon his return home, Jordan reeked of alcohol and marijuana and was caught by his mother. Shocked and appalled by her son’s recent behavior, she grounded him for two weeks.
What advice would you give Monica about her sons recent behavior?

A. Assignment
DIRECTIONS: Using what you learned about the adolescent brain and social development, answer the questions in this case study assignment below. Your goals are to help Monica understand why her son makes the choices he does and recommend some strategies that may help solve the problem. To complete the assignment, you will answer the following four questions in 5-7 sentences each:

What happens inside the brain of a teenager that makes it difficult for Jordan to weigh the risks and rewards of his behavior? Describe how the adolescent brain weighs risk and reward.
Why does it appear that Jordan values the opinion of his peers more than the opinion of his mother? Explain the psychological concepts that may account for why Jordan places value on his peers opinions.
What advice would you give Jordans mother, Monica, that would teach him how to make better choices and decisions? Discuss a specific strategy that Monica may implement to help her son make better decisions.
If you were in Monicas shoes, how would you feel? Explain why a better understanding of Monica’s perspective could result in more constructive advice.

C. Requirements
The following requirements must be met for your submission to be graded:

Download and use the touchstone response template

Each question response should be between 5-7 sentences or 150-200 words, placed directly below the associated question.
Use a readable 12-point font.
All writing must be appropriate for an academic context.
Composition must be original and written for this assignment.
Plagiarism of any kind is strictly prohibited.
Submission must include your name and the date.
Include all of the assignment components in a single file.
Acceptable file formats include .doc and .docx