Final: Theoretical Analysis
Akeelah and the Bee
Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
Akeelah Anderson is an eleven-year-old African-American female. Akeelah is single, lives in a suburban, predominantly African-American community in South Central Los Angeles, and attends Crenshaw Middle School. She is from single-parent family with young adolescents and a limited income. Akeelah is a very brilliant girl who is the winner of the major event in the US, the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Akeelah comes from an impoverished background but overcomes the circumstance in her life by demonstrating her knowledge and skills.
Developmental history: Middle school age overlaps with early adolescence. Peer relations’ positive, academic performance is brilliant but erratic. Nascent career choice; strong goal oriented.
Akeelah is dealing with grief and loss, often disagrees with her mother and has issues at school. Akeelah’s father, Mr. Anderson, was deceased when she was six years old. Akeelah doesn’t get any emotional support from her mother through the grieving process, because her mother is overwhelmed with her full-time job as a nurse. Akeelah is faced with two overarching adversities pertaining to her family. She is left to not only cope with her father's recent death but to also cope with a mother who is mourning the death of her husband, while simultaneously worrying about the direction and path her son, Terence is on.
History of Current Problem:
Akeelah has been coping with and loss of her father since she was six years old. Akeelah misses her father very much and has dealt with his death by growing withdrawn and isolated at home. Ever since Akeelah started entering...