How does Victoria’s gender, age, race and ethnicity matter to the case? Provide justification for your answer

How does Victoria’s gender, age, race and ethnicity matter to the case? Provide justification for your answer.

Victoria is a 10-year-old African American female placed in state custody because of a combination of physical abuse on the part of her mother, Anita, and Anita’s inability to control and supervise Victoria. Victoria displays many aggressive behaviors, including refusing to do chores or look after her two younger siblings, refusing to go to school, smoking cigarettes, being out late at night without parent permission, and disobeying school rules, which resulted in several in-school suspensions and detentions. According to Anita, she used physical punishment (hitting with a belt) only as a last resort after all else had failed, including a brief hospitalization in the psychiatric ward of the local hospital. On three occasions, school personnel reported bruises to child welfare authorities, who confirmed abuse on all three occasions. After the first report, intensive in-home family preservation services were initiated to prevent placement, but after the second and third incidents, when Victoria displayed extreme anger at Anita and Anita did not think she herself could control her own anger, it was decided Victoria’s safety could not be assured in the home. After meeting with Victoria, she admits to having nightmares and waking up at night crying and screaming. Although her grooming was appropriate during our first session, Victoria wore long-sleeved shirt even though it was summer. Victoria was also noticeably thin for her age. You have been assigned to this case to assess a variety of issues and to determine the appropriate level of care for Victoria.

A. How does Victoria’s gender, age, race and ethnicity matter to the case? Provide justification for your answer.

B. Erik Erikson (1963) described eight stages of development. What stage of development is Victoria in? What crisis will Victoria need resolve during this stage? What is your intervention strategy? How will your intervention assist Victoria in resolving the crisis of the stage?

C. Given that there have been previous instances of physical abuse, how would you go about detecting current child abuse and neglect?  In Victoria’s case, what signs indicate that she may still be a victim of child abuse? Name and discuss three or more signs.

D. What kind of effects can abuse/trauma have on young children (name and discuss at least four)? Consider short-term and long-term effects. Identify and discuss at least three symptoms of PTSD that Victoria is displaying.

E. List and describe two types of therapy that abused children respond well to. 

F. What two attending skills would be most helpful when working with Victoria’s mother and why? What two attending skills would be most helpful when working with Victoria? and why 

How does Victoria’s gender, age, race and ethnicity matter to the case? Provide justification for your answer

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