Case Study 6 Year Old Child and 19 Year Old Child

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Case Study Analysis- 6 Year old and 19 Year old in Gun Case Developmentally our brains reach their full growth when one reaches the age of 25. Before then, we are still forming our processes. There are developmental reasons why one can drive at the age of sixteen, vote at the age of 18, drink at the age of 21 and rent a car at the age of 25. Those ages indicate that our brains have grown enough to be able to handle the responsibilities that come with the task we are being asked to perform. To put it in different terms, if you compare the TV shows “Super Nanny” and “Scared Straight” one can see vast developmental differences. In “Super Nanny” the preferred disciplinary tool is a time out mat in the corner. In “Scared Straight” they lock unruly teens in prison with inmates to help them realize that if they continue on the path they are currently on, they will end up incarcerated one day. Now switch the two. Would an overnight stay in prison be the appropriate punishment for a six year old that bites his brother? Would a time out mat be appropriate for a 16 year old that is continually getting into fights and selling drugs? Neither scenario fits the bill because the punishments are not appropriate if you swap them. In our case study the child in question is 6 years old and the adult being charged is 19. This means that the child is still in what is considered to be the play years. In Chapter 8 of our textbook it correlates the play years with lack of patience and judgment. In correlation with the case study, this means that whatever the child who wanted to “scare” the girl in question for was an impulse, and not something that the child had the ability to understand. In Chapter 9 we learn about the concept of centration. This means that the child only has the cognitive ability to focus on one aspect of thinking. Their thinking is also very either/or, not and

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