Crisis in Movies:
Crisis in Movies: Self+Medicated
1. Identify precipitating event(s). (10 pts.)
The movie Self+Medicated takes an up-close look at the inadequate coping skills of a teenage boy, Andrew, after the death of his father. Viewers are never told the nature of his father’s death but it is apparent that he was close to his father and that his family was happy. After the death of his father Andrew began skipping classes and drinking excessively. His grade point average dropped from a 4.0 to under a 2.0. His mother, who developed a drug problem of her own, was unable to deal with his behavior. He was rarely attending school and getting in fights regularly. He began hanging out with a different peer group and cutting ties with the positive influences in his life. He displayed significant discomfort anytime his father was mentioned and it was clear he had not dealt with his grief in a healthy way.
2. Identify the type of crisis (Situational, Developmental, Existential). (10 pts.)
The crisis in this situation was primarily situational, but one could also argue that there was a developmental crisis. Andrew’s father died and the family, both Andrew and his mother, appeared to lack the adequate coping skills to deal with the stressors associated with this traumatic event. At the same time Andrew was experiencing the normal stress associated with being a teenage boy, and his mother the stress associated with raising a teenage boy. After the death of his father there was a developmental crisis during which Andrew was unable to successfully transition from being a dependent teenager to an independent young man.
3. Identify the material, personal, and social resources available to the individual. (10 pts.)
Based on the home in which the primary characters live it is apparent that they either are, or at one point were fairly wealthy. Andrew’s mother does not...
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