Discussion 1: Mental Health and the Family

The unique pressures of young and middle adulthood—financial and career ambitions, building a family, caring for older relatives—can contribute to mental health and substance use issues. It is important to remember that these issues affect not only the individual but also loved ones living in the same home such as partners and children.

In cases of mental health and substance use, social workers can use psychoeducation with family members to provide information about a mental health issue and treatment. When using this intervention, social workers must adapt it to the specific family members, accommodating their cognitive level and age.

For this Discussion, you analyze a case in which a returning soldier, who is also a husband and father, experiences mental health symptoms resulting from combat.

To Prepare:

· Review the Learning Resources on psychological aspects of young and middle adulthood, psychoeducation, and military populations.

· Access the Social Work Case Studies media and navigate to Marcus.

· As you explore Marcus’s case, consider the ways in which the social environment, including the trauma he has experienced, has impacted Marcus’s psychological functioning.

By Day 3

Post an analysis of how the social environment has contributed to Marcus’s psychological functioning. In what ways has trauma impacted Marcus’s daily functioning? Describe how you as the social worker would integrate elements of psychoeducation with Marcus and his family. How would you adapt psychoeducation for the cognitive level of the family member?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discussion 2: Characteristics of Midlife Crises

Picture someone standing in the middle of a bridge. First, they look back at where they have been and what they have done along the way to that point; then they look forward, seeing what little space they have left to travel and considering the extent they will be able to make the journey meaningful. If the bridge represents life, the person stuck in the middle, in a period of uncertainty and evaluation, is someone in a midlife crisis.

The phenomenon is often portrayed in popular media: a middle-aged man buys a sportscar, has an extramarital affair, and begins socializing with the younger generation. But what exactly is a “midlife crisis,” and why does it occur? While some researchers question the term, stating that such crises are not necessarily limited to midlife, it is believed to be experienced by a sizable segment of the population. However, the crisis may look different from person to person.

For this Discussion, you describe a midlife crisis and how biology, psychology, and sociology interact to create the phenomenon. You also envision yourself as a social worker addressing this phenomenon with a client.

To Prepare:

· Review the Learning Resources on midlife and middle adulthood.

· Consider the phenomenon of a midlife crisis, its characteristics/features, and how it may vary for people of different genders.

By Day 4

Post a description of the characteristics/features of a midlife crisis, including the different experiences in terms of gender. Explain how biology intersects with psychology and social factors in this phenomenon, and provide an example. Then, explain how you as a social worker could help a person navigate a midlife crisis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Required Readings

Zastrow, C. H., Kirst-Ashman, K. K., & Hessenauer, S. L. (2019). Understanding human behavior and the social environment (11th ed.). Cengage Learning.

· Chapter 11, “Psychological Aspects of Young and Middle Adulthood” (pp. 485–535)

 

Herzog, J. R., Whitworth, J. D., & Scott, D. L. (2020). Trauma informed care with military populations. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment30(3), 265–278. https://doi.org/10.1080/10911359.2019.1679693

 

 

Piotrowski, N. A., & Prest, L. A. (2019). Midlife crisis. In B. C. Auday, M. A. Buratovich, G. F. Marrocco, & P. Moglia (Eds.). Magill’s medical guide (8th ed.). Salem Press.

 

 

Schnyders, C. M., Rainey, S., & McGlothlin, J. (2018). Parent and peer attachment as predictors of emerging adulthood characteristics. Adultspan Journal17(2), 71–80. https://doi.org/10.1002/adsp.12061

 

 

Sherman, M. D., & Larsen, J. L. (2018). Family-focused interventions and resources for veterans and their families. Psychological Services15(2), 146–153. https://doi.org/10.1037/ser0000174

 

Required Media

 

Walden University, LLC. (2021). Social work case studies [Interactive media]. https://class.waldenu.edu

· Navigate to Marcus.