The Piaget Model Of Cognitive Development Essay

703 Words Dec 9th, 2015 3 Pages
Clinical Evaluation
Mina is an 8-year-old girl of mixed parentage whose mother is American and her father is Persian. She was hyperactive throughout her earlier childhood. She persistently argues with adults, and easily loses her temper since six months ago. In the past week, she has been in physical conflict with her mother. Mina pushed her mother away while her mother was trying to make her to apologize for her misbehavior. She splashed water on the neighbor by hose from the roof. She refused to apologize and went to her room and stayed there for hours. Her parents are from different cultural background, especially with different types of parenting style. Her mother explained how hard it is to discipline her or even talk to her about her misbehavior, while her father could discipline her easier by asking her to stay in the corner of the room for 10-15 minutes. Her presenting problem is her lack of understanding of other people’s emotion, though she appeared to have her own reasons for her behavior. Based on the Piaget model of cognitive development, she is in the concrete period of her development in which her ability to deal with theoretical in everyday life has increased. She has ability to complete actions in her thoughts only by internalizing. However, she doesn’t seem to have appropriate logical thinking development yet based on her actions.
Her differential diagnosis could be:
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Conduct Disorder
Disruptive Mood Dysregulation…

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