Next year, Shawn’s mother returns and decides to stay for a while. Shawn warms up to this idea, and accepts her. A year goes by and Shawn’s father dies from a heart attack, and his mother then leaves for no reason. His mother soon sends him a letter stating she is not his birth mother, just the mother who raised him. Shawn does not know where to turn at first, but finds his placed with Cory, Mr. Fenny, Mr. Turner and his newly found brother and closest friends. The series goes on to tell the story of them through college, after college and onto their life with more serious life lessons. For the next few pages, I will continue to talk about the struggles that Shawn had to go through and how they relate to psychology and child development.
Shawn’s personality is more laid-back yet rebellious throughout the entire show. However, Shawn was in a clique because he was more popular than his best friend Corey. This was good for Shawn because he doesn’t have a lot of good things going for him at home. However, as Shawn becomes more popular, Cory finds a girl he wants to date. This puts strain on the two friends’ relationship. Like every obstacle these two face, Shawn and Cory are able to meet half way and communicate.
As mentioned above, Shawn lived in a trailer park, grew up with his father and mother, until his mother left. For the majority of his life, Shawn lived with a father as a sole caregiver. Once his mother left, his father left. As a result of being abandoned, and passed from home to home, Shawn is prone to severe depression. Regardless of the dynamics of how a divorce or separation unfolds, there will be issues to address and adjustment to be made. When his parents both left, there was no guidelines addressed and there were definite issues present for Shawn. Some children whose parents divorce experience considerate difficulty in adjustment (D’Onofrio, et al., 2006). For example, they may report high incidences of anxiety and depression, they may have a greater number of academic problems, and they may be more likely to engage in “problem” behaviors, such as dropping out of school or using drugs (Dunn and Craig, 2013). In fact, this is exactly what happened to Shawn. He began to engage with people who he thought he belonged with, the more “bad reputation” cliques. He also became less