Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment of a Couple or Family Gwendolyn E Simmons Capella University The Jones family is an African-American family consisting of Harold (42), Shirley (36), and their two children, Ben (13) and Tracy (9). Shirley has been deployed overseas for the past 18 months. During this time Harold's mother Barbara has been living with the family. Ben has become very withdrawn during his mother's absence; he is often truant from school and Harold suspects he is using drugs. Tracy is doing well in her school work, but has temper tantrums at home when things do not go her way.
Every time her uncle and aunts go visits her she always gets sad when they have to leave because of the goodbyes. Although most of the time his flights are delayed, she decides to stay home instead of going along to drop him and leaves, her father tells her that her uncle said he will never forget them. Furthermore, she talks about the day she turned fifteen and how they did not have enough money to celebrate like most girls with a quincenera but instead they have a gathering of 6 people to celebrate. Their budget is tight but her mom still decides to buy what her daughter deserves and nothing lower. She has a fun memory despite the struggle of being poor.
Coontz believes it is not a good decade for people to remember there was change in values that caused racism, sexism, and discrimination against women. Viewers today would not turn to sitcoms to compare their lives to the sitcoms. For example, the viewers do not want to be a teenage single father living at home with parents with no education as in the show “Raising Hope.” People watch sitcoms now for entertainment. In the 1950s sitcoms the mother stayed at home to look after the children and the father was the one off to work to financially support the family. As shown in sitcoms, “gender roles became much more predictable, orderly and settled in the 1950s” (Coontz 31).
“So, you didn’t let Clinton watch any extra television last night.” Despite this Clinton is his mothers life. She says she understand that she wasn’t right to baby him so much and that it is the reason for the way he is today. Even as some of his behavior concerns her she finds him to be a “sensitive, caring child she wouldn’t
Mrs.Small the mother of Thomas and the younger son. She wasn't so sure about the house when all that gruesome stuff was happening. Later on in the story she just wanted the people to go away and let them live in their house peacefully. The twins in the story are the brothers to Thomas and the children to Mr.Small and Mrs.Small. In the story they are two years old but, in the movie there's only one of them and he's around the age eight.
Her father comes home late at night or gets lost and doesn’t come at all because of his drinking obsession. Her dad is regretful and is always promising change, but Sam can see through his hollow phony heart. Her mother repeatedly keeps believing her father and makes excuses for him, but Sam learns these words mean nothing and isolates herself from her father even more. She is constantly trying to protect her little brother named Luke from her dad because he doesn’t apprehend what is going on. She wants to reveal these secrets to someone, but she can’t tell her friends because she assumes that they will criticize her.
Her parents have recently divorced and she is missing her dad. She finds it hard to talk about the situation at home to her friends. She attends a youth club on Monday and Friday evenings. Pete, the youth leader, has noticed that she has changed quite a lot in the last few weeks. She seems moody and does not want to be involved with the activities.
After bringing Ben back to the house the children started to stay away from the house. Jane was quiet and to herself but went to her friends house after school. Paul did come home but he was often in tears, whined alot and stared for long hours at nothing. He was too thin because of his malnutritioned appatite. He didnt concentrate on important things, he daydreemed and mooned restlesly.The problem with Paul was that he didn’t have a mother at the time when he was growing, which is why he turned out this way.
So much so that as a child he runs away from a foster home and encounters a white police officer and does not know if the police officer is going to hurt him or not. All African Americans in the Jim Crow South are constantly living in fear just as Wright is. Wright has very few school years that he actually finishes due to the fact they constantly have to move around to stay safe and for Wright and his mother to find enough work to survive. Wright faces extreme racism at every job he works also. When he is younger, he helps out whites around their houses for pay and he seems to be treated the same way he would have been treated if he were their slave.
The black John had many difficulties in school. He could not keep up with the work, and was even asked to leave for a semester because he was so poorly behaved. However, he decided he would dedicate himself to his schoolwork so that he ultimately could do well in life. Throughout his time in school, he never visited his home, as he took his studies very seriously. Eventually, the two Johns meet in New York City.