Adolescent Case Study Essay

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Adolescent Case Study

I. Identification

A. Kathy Johnson is a 14 year old female, a freshman at Parkway High
School, and resides at 789 Parkview Way, Bossier City, LA 70000.

II. History of Family

A. The subject lives with her biological mother and stepfather. The child's biological father resides in Bossier City as well, but he has not maintained a relationship with the child since he divorced her mother in 1981.
The child also has a brother who lives out of state and has no relationship or contact with him either.

B. The subject comes from an upper middle class family. Her stepfather is a high school graduate and owns his own construction business. Her mother is a homemaker and quit school during her sophomore year.
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During the school year, she also plays basketball for her church basketball team. She diligently attends every practice and never misses a game in either sport. Although her physician states that she is in good general health, she regularly complains of stomach pain and lethargy.

B. Due to the subject's physical complaints, her school attendance is relatively poor; however, her grades are above average in the A to B range.
In the past, her attendance in school was better, but her grades were not as high. They usually remained in the B to C range.

C. The subject receives an allowance of $25 per week for doing household chores such as cleaning her room, vacuuming, and cooking dinner.
Most often, she spends her allowance on name brand clothing and shoes.
Fitting in with the "Preppy" crowd seems to be very important to her, hence the expenditures on only name brand clothing, shoes, etc.

D. Although she wants to fit in, she seems to lack the social skills required in order to get along with her peers. She tends to be somewhat aggressive which often results in confrontations and arguments with peers her own age. Therefore, she only has one close friend and is not part of any clique or group. According to her, the other adolescents describe her as being overbearing and bossy, so ultimately she stays to herself and does not get along well with her peers.

E. The subject's recreational habits consist
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