Vulnerable Population and Self Awareness

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Vulnerable Population and Self-Awareness

All people have biases and self awareness is the key. Understanding how personal attitudes and values can affect the delivery of health care to the individual, the family and the various vulnerable populations will enable us to better identify and, serve without bias.
The vulnerable population represented in the Neighborhood season three is the single teen parent, the J. Riley household. Within the household, there is Jennifer Riley age 19, mother of 2 children, a 17 month old son and 6 week old daughter, she works in food service. She has never been married and lives with her boyfriend Casey Holmes age 24. Casey is a night warehouse stocker and father to the second child. He is abusive, drinks, smokes and vandalizes cars for money and eventually ends up in jail for armed robbery and vehicular murder. Prior to his incarceration she left him and sought refuge at a shelter after being abused.
A single parent usually refers to a parent who has most of the day to day responsibilities in the raising of the child or children, which would categorize them as the dominant caregiver. The dominant caregiver is the parent in which the children have residency with the majority of the time (Wikipedia). The single parent family first became recognized in 1931 (Bradbury 2000). Being a single parent has always been an issue. The only difference is that 70 years ago, a pregnant teen was a disgrace to the family and often times were shipped away to a halfway home to have the baby. Then, the baby was put up for adoption and the teen came home to never speak about it again. Today it is quite different.
Today, many teenagers who become pregnant are not able to care for themselves let alone for a child not only financially but emotionally and physically as well. There are exceptions and there are teen parents who raise their children just as…...

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