Social Environment

Perhaps, you can think back at your adolescent years and remember one or two decisions or poor choices that you now attribute to youthful immaturity. Chapter 14 highlights research that supports the slow development of the prefrontal cortex of the adolescent brain which results in emotional judgments that may fail to harness inappropriate behaviors that might include breaking the law, injuring ones self and others, and acting out impulsively. Do you think adolescents should be held responsible for their participation in unlawful activity? In cases of serious crimes and murder, should they receive less harsh punishment than adults?
In this project paper, you are to answer the questions above as a member of a 6-person panel that will determine the punishment for a 16-year-old female who was driving under the influence of marijuana and killed a male teen who was walking down a sidewalk. The people who make up this 6-person panel include an expert witness, a psychologist, a minister, a sociologist, a physician, and you. This panel will construct a psychological-sociological history of this female teen by addressing developmental concepts from the perspectives of the major theorists.
The expert witness will share what he/she saw, the psychologist will discuss cognitive development and brain development, the minister will present information on moral development, the sociologist will discuss the females home, school, and social environments, and the physician will share information on the females physical development. You, as the final panelist, will then take all of the information from the research provided by the panelists and make the final decision concerning the punishment for this adolescent.
This weeks assignment is to submit an outline from the sociologist that describes the females home, school, and social environments. Discussion of her parents parenting styles and other relationship interactions are included in this factor. This paper should be between 250 and 300 words.