Case Study Design and Analysis
For this assignment, you will identify the main concepts and terms learned in this week’s online lectures and textbook readings and create a fictional case study (may not be related to actual individuals).
You will use the following guidelines while writing your case study:
- Background: You need to describe the demographics of individuals involved in the case study such as their age, gender, occupation, education, relationships, and family history.
- The case story: You need to describe a scenario demonstrating individuals or a couple contemplating or going through a marriage divorce or seeking an annulment.
- Analysis of the case: You need to utilize the information learned from the online lectures and text readings to analyze the case study. Be specific in your analysis using supporting evidence from outside sources when needed.
- Recommendations: You need to end the case study with your recommendations or suggestions you would have implemented in such a situation to assist in changing the behavior of the individuals involved in the case study.
- Support your responses with examples.
- Reference any sources you use using the APA format on a separate page.
Attraction, Friendship, and Love
As human beings (like many other mammals), you have various biological drives to maintain
life such as hunger and thirst. You also have the drive to continue your species. Look at these
drives as the foundation upon which your social interactions are built. It will help to
understand the concept of attraction, friendship, and love. Although the traditions
associated with attraction, friendship, and love may differ across various cultures, they are
still the basic underlying drives. Your need to thrive begins at birth with instinctual reflexes
such as rooting. Newborns across species seek the familiarity of the mother to survive. As
the baby develops and grows, this drive evolves into a need to feel secure and to be nurtured.
Harlow (1958) found that babies not provided with a basic level of nurturing do not thrive as
well as babies who have been cared for by their parents. It is not difficult to link the nurturing
and security needs of children to your needs as adults for things like companionship. Humans
are social animals who need interaction and companionship with others to survive. However,
you can also infer this need for social interaction to be, in part, based on biological substrates
as well as the type of imprinting received as newborns.
You seek relationships at different levels depending on your social needs and interests. For
example, an individual may participate in the local church choir and develop attachment with
the situation. The same individual may also play cards with a group of old college buddies.
Card playing is secondary to the camaraderie and an easy way of reminiscing about old times
and past friends. All relationships begin with the unknown and, as such, there is a period of
uneasiness and reluctance to give to that relationship.