American Beauty: An Observational Review on Human Development

::written circa. Summer 2014.

If there were any lesson that can be taken, from watching the 1999 film “American Beauty,” it would be that attention to detail in life is key.  Before taking a life-span developmental psychology course, one could easily disregard any indication of clinical depression, mid-life crises, self-concept, identity and so forth; or simply not have the knowledge of correct terms to express.  Today, those circumstances have certainly changed.  By observing the main character, Lester Burnham, many connections can be made to various topics taken from a life-span developmental perspective (Berger, 2014, pg. 7).  However, this does not limit the many characters and examples the movie has to offer.

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Human Growth & Development: Culture and Death

::written circa. Summer 2014.

As an Americanized Filipino, I find that my understanding of death, within the Filipino culture, to be quite dual-sided. With that said, the determining factor really depends on who the person is and where he or she is located. How death is socially processed, may slightly deviate from an Americanized Filipino to a nationalized citizen of the Philippines. Nonetheless, thankfully, I myself haven’t been well experienced with too many deaths. However, I do have an understanding of how Filipinos handle this inevitable part of life.

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Defining United States Healthcare Delivery

::written circa. Fall 2013.

Currently, and very much so for the past few decades, the United States healthcare delivery system has been defined by its ability to contain costs and offer efficient care to the highest degree.  With records just above 15% GDP in expenditures attributed to cost, it has commonly become a general consensus that the U.S. healthcare delivery system has been stigmatized to be heavily controversial (Shi & Singh, 2012).  Leading to these statistics, the lack of transparency in relation to over marketed priced delivery (of goods and services) and policies of the third-party payer system can arguably be accountable for its negative contributions.

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