Mr. James M. Barrie

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Problem Statement: Peter Davies is a 10 year old boy who lives with his mother, Mrs. Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, and brothers George, Jack, and Michael. Two years ago, his father died of jaw cancer, leaving the family with little money. Mrs. Llewelyn Davies’ mother is able to provide some for the family, but they still face some economic hardship. Mr. James M. Barrie, a local playwright, is growing to be a sort of father figure to the boys as he becomes a closer friend to the family. However, the grandmother objects to the relationship between Mr. Barrie and the boys and wants greater control over the family’s life. Mrs. Llewelyn Davies also is growing increasingly ill and weak. Between losing his father, economic hardship, dealing with his mother’s unknown illness, and experiencing the stress of the strained relationship between Mr. Barrie and his grandmother, Peter is showing increasingly prominent and persistent signs of hopelessness, low self-esteem, and persistent irritability. He withdraws from playing with his brothers, does not believe that he “has enough imagination to play the games,” and believes games are “silly” and “childish,” despite being only 10 years old himself. Mrs. Llewelyn Davies reported that Peter began showing these signs shortly after his father died the two years previously. Risk Factors Because little is known about Peter’s family outside of what has been observed, it is difficult to use biological evidence for depression. However, Mrs. Llewelyn
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