Dysfunctional Family Case Study

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I am going to share with you my nephew Nolan. Nolan was my very first nephew. My sister was 18 when she had him, right after her senior year. So, she was young and really had no business having a child. Nolan’s first 3 years of his life, myself and parents were his constant. We played with him, bathe him, fed him, made sure he was read to every night before bed, and most of all loved him. Nolan started preschool and was a little ham. We thought that this was normal for him since he was still little (4yo). As he got older, he was not in constant living situation. My sister actually moved a lot and had many relationships, and not with men. We were ok with her choice of being a lesbian but it was the fact that she was picking the wrong people …show more content…
Nolan became very anti-social in 1st when his mom bought him his first game system. It was the only thing that would keep him from getting mad and trying to hurt someone. He was so angry when I had my daughter and she grew up and was able to walk and talk that he has tried to hurt her. He to me wasn’t trying to hurt her on purpose, it was something he did to see if it got a rise out of anyone, anyone who would give him attention. Finally, Nolan was observed in school and he, in a 5 minute span, got up out of his chair over 10 times. He was always separated from his peers in class because he was a distraction not only to the students but to himself. With this report from the psychologist, Nolan was put on medication. A behavioral theorist would suggest doing an award chart (Comer, 453). My sister did this with Nolan at home when she moved back in with my parents. But she never really awarded him except with a video …show more content…
He also visited with the school counselor every once in a while. He was taught ways to cope but he ended up just getting upset because he was pushed to do the strategies. Using cognitive behavioral therapy can help with any unhealthy habits or thinking patterns (goodtherapy.com). Nolan never got into this and actually he now just rolls his eyes at everything. He is 15 and is all about his Xbox one and being online with his friends. He is in front of that game 24/7 if he is not in school. According to www.psychCentral.com, maternal education was poor and single-parent families and welfare benefits were reasons why children were receiving medication for ADHD. My sister worked hard as a single parent. Yes she made lots of mistakes during Nolan’s life, but she always had a job and she worked hard to carry health insurance for herself and Nolan. While she did lack education, she had myself and my parents there to help give advice but it does become a reason why she is not so educated on his

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