Understanding Development in "A Child Called It" Analytical Essay by Nicky

An analysis of human behavior and social environment theories in David Pelzer's "A Child Called It".
# 150725 | 2,761 words | 5 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Mar 31, 2012 in Literature (American) , Sociology (Social Work) , Child, Youth Issues (Child Abuse)

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The paper analyzes the themes and theories in "A Child Called It" and applies several developmental theories to this work, including Erikson's theory of psychosocial development, Freud's perpsective on childhood sexuality, Piaget's stages of preoperational and concrete operational and Bandura's theory of moral development. The paper examines the applications of "A Child Called It" in social work practice and policy.

Themes and Theories in A Child Called It
An Application of Developmental Theories to A Child Called It
Applications of A Child Called It in Social Work Practice and Policy

From the Paper:

"David Pelzer's A Child Called It is a poignant and disturbing tale of childhood abuse from the time the author was around six years old until the age of twelve, when he was finally removed from his home and put into the care of his state's foster care system. His later books deal with his time in foster care and certain later periods of his life, but A Child Called It deals with his time at a crucial stage of development in a home with his own mother, his brothers, and a father who was seldom present and did nothing to stop his mother's tortuous behavior. In fact, the lack of people to intercede on David's behalf is one of the major themes of this book, and this is visible right from the outset of Pelzer's story.
"The first chapter of the book is entitled "The Rescue," and it consists of what are actually the last events to take place chronologically within the scope of the book. In this way, it makes it clear what one of the central conflicts and themes of the book by providing its resolution--as David's teacher, principal, and school nurse finally decide that the evidence of abuse and the danger it presents to David's life is too great for them to ignore, it becomes clear that this is the first time the grown up world has ever taken real notice and control of the situation (Pelzer 1995, pp. 1-14)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Fraser, C.; Burchell, B. & Hay, D. (2001). Introducing social psychology. Malden, MA: Blackwell.
  • Heffner. (2003). "Freud's Stages of Psychosexual Development." Accessed 12 October 2009. http://allpsych.com/psychology101/sexual_development.html
  • Pelzer, D. (1995). A Child Called It. Omaha: Omaha Press.
  • Springhouse. (1990). "Piaget's Cognitive Stages.' http://honolulu.hawaii.edu/intranet/committees/FacDevCom/guidebk/teachtip/piaget.htm
  • Wagner, K. (2009). "Erikson's Theory of Psychosocial Development." Accessed 12 October 2009. http://psychology.about.com/od/theoriesofpersonality/a/psychosocial.htm

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