Here's another free ASWB exam practice
Children may be diagnosed with failure to thrive
A. Their height is stunted compared to their
B. They are underweight compared to their peers.
C. They don't reach developmental milestones on
D. They fall behind academically at school.
If you've done social work with kids and families, you may not
have to skip a beat to answer this correctly. Or maybe you just
know this. For everyone else, a process of elimination (aka a best
guess) is going to be your route to answering correctly.
First, worth noting: this isn't from the DSM. "Failure to
thrive" is a medical diagnosis. Even if you've never heard the
term, the question stem helps out and lets you know this is
something diagnosed in children. And, since this is social work,
you're probably right in thinking the most vulnerable kids are the
most likely focus here. That is, young kids. Kids too young for
school. So you can scratch answer D. And, while you're at it,
strike C. too.
That leaves a choice between height or weight. Which is a better
indicator of medical (and emotional) problems?
Take a pick.
Which is likely to show up first? Which is more alarming? Which
would you worry about more if you saw it in a family
member? Not stunted height, right? Weight significantly below the
norm. That's going to be more troubling to both doctors and social
workers. And that's the right answer, the second one: They
are underweight compared to their peers.
For more on the topic, here's kidshealth.org.
Narrowing down to two possible answers is a typical social work
licensing exam-takers experience. Over and over again, you can
narrow to two decent answers. How do you get to the best one? Go
with your gut. And how do you learn to trust your gut? Practice,
practice, practice. Sign up for SWTP'd complete practice tests to
get going. Good luck!