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Assignment 2a Emotional Dependency in Relationships
Latisha and Earl have been dating for almost a year. But Latisha is having second thoughts about the relationship. For some time she has been feeling that she is taking more responsibility than Earl in keeping the relationship going. Whenever Earl has a hangover from partying too much the night before, she always calls in sick for him or runs to the store to get what he wants. He treats her poorly most of the time, yet she still is reluctant to get out of this relationship.
If Latisha asked your opinion of why she is so emotionally “connected” to Earl, what would you tell her on the basis of what you have learned about emotional dependency and family relationships?
One page including references
Assignment 2b Communication within Families
Three 17 year old high school students are planning on going to an 8pm movie together on a Friday night.
Sally has no curfew, so she didn’t think going to the movies would be a problem. Sally asked her mother on Tuesday if she could go and her mother said “yes.” When Friday arrived, her mother told Sally that she couldn’t go to the movies anymore, it was too late for her to go out, and she needed to stay home. Her mother then left to go to the bar, and Sally was left to feed and care for her younger brother.
Mary asked her father if she could go to the movies. He responded that as her curfew was 9pm she was not allowed to go to the movies. Mary did not want to question her father’s decision, so she kept quiet, even though it was the weekend, and she had no responsibilities on Saturday morning. Mary asked her mother if she would try to talk to her father to convince him to lift the curfew for one night, but her mother refused to do so.
Sam asked his parents if he could go to the movies. His parents stated that while normally his curfew was 9pm, it was a weekend night and he had no plans early in the morning on Saturday. Sam’s parents decided that as long as his homework and chores were finished, he could have an extension on his curfew for the evening, and could go to the movies. On Friday afternoon, Sam completed his homework and chores, and left to see the movie, with the promise to call his parents if the movie got out later than 10pm.
Respond to the following using the information from the text and lectures:
- Identify which boundary is best described by each family in the scenario above.
- Identify which boundary inadequacies are present in each family, if applicable.
- Explain how each boundary and boundary inadequacy manifests itself.
- What behaviors contribute to the development and maintenance of each of these boundaries?
- Which of these teens are at risk for future substance abuse and why?
- What can parents do to avoid or change any maladaptive boundary patterns in their families?
Create a PowerPoint presentation of five to seven slides, with detailed speaker notes to present to a parent organization.
Assignment 3a Common Roles within the Family System
Rosie’s mother has a drug problem and often sleeps well past the time her children need to get up for school. Rosie takes it upon herself to get her siblings up, give them breakfast, and get ready for school. She, being the oldest child, has been assuming more and more responsibility for tasks around the house.
Answer the following:
- Which of the four most common roles in family systems do you think Rosie is taking on?
- What are the potential long-term consequences for Rosie in taking on these heavy responsibilities?
- What message do you think Rosie’s role as “second mom” sends to her siblings about Rosie and their mother?
Assignment 3b in a Relationship with a Substance Abuser
Nearly everyone probably knows someone who places other people’s health, welfare, and safety before their own. When they do this, they can lose contact with their own needs, desires, and sense of self-worth.
- Please watch the movie When a Man Loves a Woman. It is available from Amazon On-Demand rental for streaming or download and Netflix DVD rental. You may also be able to find the movie at your local public library or video rental store.
- Refer to the characteristics of codependent people as discussed in the assigned weekly readings. Choose three of the characteristics to examine.
- Search the library and include at least one peer-reviewed journal article on treatment for codependence to use for research.
- Based on the character of the husband in the movie When a Man Loves a Woman, your weekly readings and the research article you reviewed, write a 4-5 page paper that addresses the following for each of the three characteristics you picked.
- Explain three codependent characteristics. Explain why you have chosen each particular characteristic. Provide three examples, one for each characteristic, of how those codependent characteristics specifically apply to the husband’s character in the film.
- Evaluate how each codependent characteristic is detrimental to this person’s ability to establish and maintain healthy relationships.
- Analyze how the codependent behavior has evolved within the substance abuse environment.
- Apply what you have learned from the assigned readings and the peer-reviewed article to recommend at least two strategies for breaking codependent behaviors within a substance abuse environment.
Please note that you may locate the movie, When a Man Loves a Woman on YouTube at:
Your paper should be 4-5 pages long.
Assignment 4a Consequences of Family Dysfunction and Substance Abuse
Thelma, a 16 year old girl, suspected that her father had a drug problem but never knew it for certain. One day, she found out from some friends at school that her father used to buy crack cocaine from a known dealer. She agonized for over a week about whether she should tell her mother. She eventually did. Her mother asked Thelma’s father to leave the house and filed for a divorce. Thelma felt that the breakup of the family was her fault.
Read the article on http://www.aaets.org/article230.htm that discusses behavioral, medical, educational, and emotional consequences of family dysfunction and substance abuse.
Read the following article http://www.cigna.com/healthwellness/hw/medical-topics/teen-alcohol-and-drug-abuse-tp17749 on Teen Alcohol and Drug Abuse, paying particular attention to the Why Some Teens Abuse Alcohol and Drugs and Prevention Strategies sections.
Answer the following:
- Did Thelma do the right thing by revealing her knowledge of her father’s drug use to her mother? Explain why.
- What behavioral and emotional consequences might Thelma experience as a result of her situation?
- What risk factors for teen substance abuse are present in Thelma’s life?
- What practical action would you recommend for Thelma to fight against the guilt and anger she feels about the situation with her father?
- What practical action would you recommend for Thelma’s mother to reduce Thelma’s risk for substance abuse?
Assignment 4b Child Abuse in Homes of Substance Abusers
Research clearly indicates a connection between substance abuse and child maltreatment. Among confirmed cases of child maltreatment, 40 percent involve the use of alcohol or drugs. An estimated 480,000 children are mistreated each year by a caretaker who has alcohol or drug problems. Additionally, alcohol and drug problems are factors in a majority of cases of emotional abuse and neglect.
Answer the following:
- Given these statistics, why do you think a more concerted effort is not made in the media to make citizens aware of the association between substance abuse and child abuse?
- Choose one of the following audiences, and describe a plan to heighten awareness of this problem:
- Grade and high school students
- Parent or child organizations such as Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts
- Welfare recipients
- Include three action points for implementing this awareness plan nationwide to the chosen audience. Be sure to specify:
- Who will deliver the information?
- How will the information be delivered?
- What systems will be put in place for support if needed by participants?
- Include one additional action point to address prevention strategies in the population chosen above.
Create a two- to three-page plan.
Assignment 5a Treating the Substance Abuser and his Family Presentation
Harvey is married and has 2 teenage children. Harvey has been heavily drinking on a regular basis for the past 10 years. In the past his wife often covered for him with his job, and usually made excuses for him with his children and his friends. Harvey has not attended his son’s baseball games this year, and he missed his daughter’s performance in the school play due to having been passed out from drinking. At this time, he is at risk for losing his job due to excessive absences, and he was recently arrested for a DUI. Harvey has realized that is drinking is adversely affecting all aspects of his life and he is ready to quit.
Create an 8-10 slide Power Point presentation to discuss treatment plans for Harvey and his family. Use the speaker notes in the slide show to further discuss the topics on each slide. In addition make sure you have a title slide and a slide with references (in APA format). Please reference at least two peer-reviewed journal articles in your presentation along with appropriate information from the assigned weekly readings. In your presentation:
- Evaluate the following methods of treatment and develop a treatment plan for Harvey: Alcoholics Anonymous, Transactional Analysis, and Family Systems Therapy. Please:
- Provide an assessment of Harvey’s situation and what he needs from treatment.
- Evaluate and discuss the at least one pro and con of each of the following treatment methods: Alcoholics Anonymous, Transactional Analysis and Family Systems Therapy.
- Develop a treatment plan for Harvey:
- Choose at least one of the above treatments for the plan.
- Address at least two issues that Harvey needs to resolve in treatment.
- Include at least three steps for Harvey’s recovery.
- Explain Brief Strategic Family Therapy and when it is used. Next, do the following:
- Develop a treatment plan for Harvey’s wife.
- Address her specific needs as the spouse of a substance abuser.
- Include at least three steps for her recovery.
- Take care that this plan is specifically addressing her recovery, and not how she can help Harvey recover.
- Develop a treatment plan for Harvey’s children: Address their specific needs as adolescent children of a substance abuser
- Include at least three steps for their recovery.
- Recommend at least two substance use prevention strategies aimed at adolescent children of substance abusers.
Choose one of the following cultures: Hispanic, African American, or Asian American, and analyze how being a part of this culture might affect Harvey and his family’s treatment and recovery. Explain at least two issues present in treating substance abuse within that culture.
Assignment 5b Transtheoretical Model of Change
Sean is drunk most of the time he is home. He rarely attends his children’s sporting events or school activities and defaults on most of his responsibilities for helping to care for the home. In spite of the fact that he does not try to participate in these family activities, he tells his wife that he feels guilty about his lack of involvement.
Answer the following:
o Which stage of the Transtheoretical Model of Change do you think Sean is in? Explain your answer.
o Do you believe that Sean feels guilty? Why or why not?
o How would you describe the tension Sean lives with wanting to do something he considers important but feeling he is unable to do it?
o What can Sean’s wife and children do to begin their own process of healing? Should they wait until Sean seeks treatment? Why or why not?