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Tracey White (18 year old expectant mother, raised in care) Tracey is an 18 year old expectant mother. Although not in a permanent relationship, and being uncertain about who the father might be, when...

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Tracey White (18 year old expectant mother, raised in care)

Tracey is an 18 year old expectant mother. Although not in a permanent relationship, and being uncertain about who the father might be, when you meet her in the antenatal period she says she is pleased to be having a baby.

Tracey has used alcohol and cigarettes throughout her pregnancy. She states she typically ‘couch surfs’ at the homes of various old school friends until she has outstayed her welcome. Tracey says she has largely been living on instant noodles and does not eat fruit and vegetables because she ‘hates’ them.

Tracey explains that she was taken into care and protection of ‘the welfare’ when she was 2 years old as a result, she believes, of neglect. She was in a stable foster care home between the ages 2 to 12 years and had a close relationship with her foster mother. Unfortunately, her foster carers (Judy and Des) divorced and she was moved to another foster care placement. Throughout her teens she said she was ‘pretty angry’ and had a total of five foster care placements between the age of 12 and 16 years, each of which broke down. She had sporadic contact with her mother during her years in care and she had an attempt at trying to live with her mother when she self-placed with her at the age of 16, against the advice of her caseworker at the time. Tracey stated that this didn’t work out because her mother’s partner drank a lot and ‘creeped’ her out. She realised what a ‘loser’ her mother was in terms of ‘the blokes she kept falling into bed with’. Tracey said she knew very little about her real dad except his name (Sid) and that he had ‘shot through’ when she was about 12 months old.

She did well at primary school but her grades hit ‘rock bottom’ by the time she was 14 years old. She has had a number of short-term jobs but has been unemployed for nearly a year. She has had ‘casual sex’ with a number of the young men and is not sure who the father is. She thinks it might be Johnny’s baby. He is 19, unemployed and someone who was also in care. Tracey has known him since she was about 9 years old as he spent a brief time in the care of Tracey’s previous foster carers.

Tracey says she was surprised to learn she was pregnant as she had been taking the contraceptive pill. She is afraid that ‘the welfare’ will find out she is pregnant and “start sniffing around”. She says she is very determined to keep her baby and hopes it is a girl.

When expressing her hopes for her baby she says she does not want her child to have the sort of beginnings ‘I had.’

Think about the following questions when you are preparing your essay response:

What risks do you perceive for Tracey’s unborn infant?

What potential difficulties do you see for Tracey’s parenting?

Assessment 1: Case study analysis

Weight 30%

Length 1500 words

Task: Case Study - Tracey, an 18 year old expectant mother

In 1500 words (+/-10%) you are required to write up an analysis of a case study using a multi-dimensional assessment framework. The case study is Tracey, an 18 year old expectant mother and former child in care of the state. Your reference list is not included in the word limit. Please attach/include any completed assessment tools and these do not count as part of the word limit.

Topic area:

What understandings of lifespan development might guide you in developing an understanding of Tracey and her currents needs? How might you blend an understanding of theory into practice?

Explore the topic in the following way:

· Your multidimensional assessment should demonstrate an understanding of Tracey's experience from a bio-psycho-social within a broader ecological, person-in-environment framework.

· It should consider the ‘tasks’ and roles typically associated with Tracey's bio-psycho-social adjustment to her current life ‘stage’, the role of the family, community, institutions, chronological time and history and the inter-relatedness of these factors where these are relevant.

· It should also demonstrate an understanding of concepts such as risk, resilience, adversity, adaptation or adjustment, loss and change where relevant to Tracey's life history.

· Identify how knowledge about the relevant 'stages' of Tracey's life course might inform your practice.

· What ethical issues relevant to working with Tracey might apply? (Tip: understanding the Australian Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics is necessary here).

· Students are expected to explore the topic in depth, researching the literature available on the topic (including this unit's set and recommended texts) and applying some critical analysis of the issues noted.

The assessment criteria place an emphasis upon your demonstrated critical analysis.

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Structure, presentation and marking

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Answered Same Day Apr 03, 2020


Anju Lata answered on Apr 04 2020
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Running Head: CASE STUDY ANALYSIS        
Student Name:____________
Student Number:_______________
The assessment presents an analytical study of a Case of an 18 year old pregnant teenager Tracey, who has been living in welfare care home since when she was 2 year old. The report elaborates all the aspects related to her life like psychological, emotional, ethical, historical, social and biological perspective. The study investigates the roles of different institutions, family and friends in affecting her life at varying level.
Keywords: Pregnant, emotional, biological, welfare, care home.
1. Introduction                    4
2. Experiences of Tracey                5
3. Role of Community, family & Institutions    6
4. Risk, resilence, adaptations..            7
5. Stages of Tracey’s life            8
6. Ethical Issues                    9
7. Conclusion                    10
8. References                    11
Since the age of 2 years, Tracey was left under the shelter of state-owned welfare care homes devoid of any parental care. Ever since that age of an infant, she has been living through many harsh conditions in life. Though she had a stable life between 2 to 12 years of age under the shelter of her foster mother, she had to suffer extreme lack of emotional support when her foster parents Judy and Des divorced and she had to change 5 foster care homes continuously one after the other, amidst the age of 12 to 16 years. All these incidents mentally distu
ed her to a level that she had very bad grades in her school results at the age of 16. She had to leave the school and join the job. She was quite upset and angry all the time during this difficult phase of life.
The prominently identified needs of her life at this age can be summed up as follows:
1. Her foster parents have divorced and it has made her deprived of emotional support.
2. She has no close and trustworthy friend to share her grief with.
3. Until the age of 16 Tracey has been sexually assaulted by many boys of her age.
4. Tracey left her studies at 14 years of age, moreover, she is jobless and pregnant.
Risks for Tracey’s unborn infant:
1. Tracey is not capable of affording a better prenatal care for her pregnancy. No parents, no husband no family support. It is possible that her newborn may be underweight or prone to diseases in absence of any care.
2. She does not know who the father of the baby is. The life after birth may be devoid of any social respect and identity.
3. If Tracey goes to do a job after delivery, she will have to keep her baby under appropriate care, maybe again in a welfare care home.
Potential difficulties in Tracey’s parenting can be:
1. She is jobless. She will have to depend on welfare care again for shelter during and after delivery.
2. She has no source of financial security to meet the needs of her baby after birth. The daily necessities like schooling, clothes, medical assistance and food everything requires money.
3. If Tracey goes to do a job after delivery, she will have to keep her baby under appropriate care, maybe again in a welfare care home which is highly vulnerable to any physical or emotional insecurity.
Since the age of 14 years, Tracey has been sexually assaulted many times. At the age of puberty, such recu
ent experiences would have been extremely devastating for her body and mind. At this age when the body undergoes various hormonal imbalances
inging about excessive psychological, physical and emotional changes, Tracey has been left exposed to such an insecure, unsafe and highly vulnerable environment of Welfare homes. She grew up facing many unacceptable challenges in her early developmental phase of life (Peterson,2014).
At the age of 12 months, her...

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