Case Study: Damien is a 10 year old boy seems to enjoy intimidating people in his neighbourhood (threatening vandalism and/or bodily harm).
He has vandalized property (paint on houses and cars, garbage cans emptied on the street) and spends most of his time in the principal’s office when he bothers to go to school.
He and his parents have just moved from another province in order for his father to keep his job.
He has no siblings and his parents fear that the friends that he has made since coming to this community are not a good influence on him.
Damien is a child destined to have a hard life based on his social emotional development. There are several factors in play here and if he does not receive some intervention his behaviour may escalate to violence toward others, and he has threatened exactly this. To avoid becoming a part of the judicial system we are going to intervene now and hopefully bring about a change in Damien’s social emotional development from this point on. Our main goal is to short circuit his path to destruction. Initially, it is pertinent to identify where Damien’s social emotional well-being began to deteriorate. Secondly we will assess the situation presently. Finally we will offer solutions for Damien, through others in his life, to bring about positive changes and extend a fig leaf toward living up to his full potential with a solid social emotional status.
Given the evidence a conclusion can be made that Damien does not have solid attachments in his life. He has not bonded with either of his parents as indicated by his ability to be on the street later at night to vandalize other people’s property. If there was a solid attachment Damien would “want” to be at home where he could trust people and feel secure. Instead his insecurity may lead him to act out potentially to get any attention he can. (Moore, 2007)
Damien’s feisty temperament may have contributed... [continues]
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