Developmental theory to life

Developmental theory to life

Assignment 2: Developmental Stage Observation and Paper

This assignment brings developmental theory to life through live observation. You will have the opportunity to practice making service recommendations for a family based on the developmental prognosis of the individual you observe.


Conduct a forty-five- to sixty-minute live observation of a young adult. In addition to conducting an observation, you may also choose to interview the young adult. Keep in mind the following guidelines:

Only use first names or pseudonyms in your paper.

Write a 3- to 4-page detailed description of the young adult’s physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development. What would developmental theorists say about the cognitive and the psychosocial development of the young adult? In addition, include the following information:

Date, time, location, and length of observation

Age, sex, and race or ethnicity

Defining physical characteristics

Estimated socioeconomic status (SES)

Description of interaction with caregivers

Daily routine

Description of other relevant behaviors exhibited during observation

Any other information

Note that SES has a profound impact on development. You can estimate the SES level based on neighborhood, clothing, or automobiles.

Be sure to provide detailed examples and use multiple developmental theories to support your observations. Consider multi contextual influences on development. Also, provide a developmental prognosis and make service recommendations, if needed. Justify your recommendations with information from the textbook, recommended readings, and/or peer-reviewed journal articles

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