Connections Papers This assignment consists of a 4-to-5-page paper connecting de

Connections Papers This assignment consists of a 4-to-5-page paper connecting developmentally normative behavior observed in the real world to developmental theory and research. These will relate to any aspects of development at any developmental stage: Physical, Cognitive, or Emotional/Social. Your paper can focus on topics related to chapters 1 through 5. For this short paper you must: First, describe in detail a developmentally normative/appropriate behavior observed in the world. These behaviors can focus on developmental behavior observable at any stage of life after birth. These observations can be made of kids on the street, family members at a holiday celebration, a movie, or tv show. For example, you might observe a conversation on the tv show “Modern Family” that relates to the stresses and pressures of parenting teens. The description of these behaviors should be complete enough to be able to identify the developmentally normative nature of the behavior and should include a description of the social and cultural context in which the behavior occurred. (1-2 paragraphs, 5 points) Next, connect the observed behavior(s) to developmental theory. What developmental theory have we touched on in class that relates to the behavior? Following our example of “Modern Family”, you might relate the stresses and pressures of parenting teens to the role transitions that parents and teens are going through as described in Erikson’s psychosocial stages (1-2 paragraphs, 10 points). Next, connect the observed behavior(s) to scholarly research on development. What is some related research that touches on this topic of development or otherwise influences how we might interpret this behavior? Again, with our example of stresses related to parenting teens, you could do a quick search through the library website or Google scholar for “parent”, “adolescent”, and “stress”. A quick search using these terms found Laursen, Coy, & Collins’ 1998 meta-analysis on the parent-child conflict in adolescence. In a couple of sentences describe what the research found and how it relates to what you observed for part 1. Any research you reference must be from the last 15 years. (1 paragraph, 10 points) Lastly, discuss implications for practice. How might this particular stage or developmental phenomenon influence the best approach to serve the target population (teens and parents)? Given that the observed behavior was/is normative (this is a requirement of the assignment), how might it be related to non-normative or pathological behavior? At what ages/stages might this behavior be worrisome? Why? (1-2 paragraph, 10 points) In this paper, the citations should follow APA style (5 points), including a complete reference of the peer-reviewed article or textbook cited. No more than 10% of the text of this paper should be quoted from scholarly citations. This paper should be double-spaced in Times 12 font. This paper should be turned in electronically as a Word (.doc) file named (INITIALLASTNAMEConnect#.361) and submitted through the link in CANVAS. In other words, if Hilary Clinton were submitting her connections paper, she would save the file as HClintonConnect.361 and upload it to the course website.

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