Case Study



  1. What are the issues involved?

  1. Stan is involved in quite a number of activities besides his school work.

  2. His parents do not want to accept the fact Stan is engaging in many activities and he might be looking for acceptance.

  3. His broken bones and two surgeries are as a result of the many activities Stan is involved in.

  4. His family health history is not known by anybody.

  1. How realistic do you think this case study is? I think this case study has two sides. On one hand, I think it is very realistic. It is a common behavior for ninth graders to be active and involve in many activities at this stage (Gabb, 2004). On the other hand, I think it is not so very realistic. This is because it is not normal for a ninth grader to keep breaking his bones at this early stage unless there is an underlying factor to it (Gil-Juarez, 2009).

  2. What theoretical perspectives from your texts and class discussions might be helpful in understanding this situation?

  1. Biological theories this theory suggest that there are some people who are born with certain genetic problem or disorder. When they reach certain age, the symptom starts materializing. To some extent, the problem can be severe. A good example is Stan, who might be having brittle bones. It is worth noting that, brittle bones are congenital bone disorder that can be inherited (Takagi, 1999). These bones are brittle and fragile so they can be easily broken whenever one engages in vigorous activities that will put pressure on them. No one knows of Stan’s family health, since he was adopted. It could be that he inherited this from his biological family. Under this theory, it is possible that some of the people may be born with biological-based differences. Stan’s sister has been as well chronically ill even though they are not biologically related. Stan might have had a feeling of wanting attention, thus getting involved in many activities.

  2. Social-control theory: Stan’s attachment to the family is somewhat questionable since he was adopted. He wants a sense of belonging and he feels that engaging in many activities will give him that. He as well has neglected his school work for other activities so as to be noticed. This means that he’s having a psychological problem, and he’s trying to overcome it by working hard in physical activities. Excess physical activities that aren’t controlled by professions can easily result to physical harm.

  3. Baumrind’s theory of parenting style: Stan’s adoptive parents can be seen as concerned people. They are wondering if Stan is engaging in unnecessary activities and the fact that it is somehow affecting his health and school work makes them so concerned. They are concerned that Stan may be taking undue risks. However, Stan’s rigorous physical activity might signify dissatisfaction from his adaptive parent. If Stan was satisfied with his adaptive parent, he couldn’t be experiencing any psychological problem. I refer it as a psychological problem since Stan only concentrate on unnecessary physical activities and omitting learning.

  1. As a practicing or future teacher, administrator, counselor, or human services professional, what would you do in this situation? Specifically, what are some strategies for dealing with this case?

Asa school psychologist, Stan requires urgent short term solution aswell as long term solution. The initial step is to help Stan recoverfrom his current physical injuries. Thereafter, to find a lastingsolution to Stan’s problem, I would recommend that Stan’s parentsgo for counseling and education to learn how to handle Stan’sproblem. I would want them to have a grasp of the seriousness ofStan’s health condition and what the underlying factor to it is. Iwould encourage them not to show Stan that he is adopted byneglecting him. The parents can tell Stan the truth in case he is notaware that he is adopted so as to be ready for any reaction. This canbe done in a caring and loving manner to avoid hurting Stan’sfeelings. I will encourage them that I will give them my support as acounselor while doing this. Seeing a bone specialist will do a greatdeal for Stan so as to know if his bones are brittle. I would alsoencourage them to make him understand the importance of education andtry to minimize other activities that may be causing his poor healthcondition.


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Takagi,M. (1999). Perspective of practical biological control and populationtheories. Researcheson Population Ecology,121-126.