A 5-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy are found by the boy’s mother in the garage with
their pants down. They do not appear to be engaging in sexual activity. The mother calls
her social worker for advice. The BEST way for the social worker to respond to the mother
A. Normalize the situation, as this is a common age for this type of activity
B. Suggest the boy have a psychiatric exam
C. Have the parents of the children come in together
D. See the boy individually
The correct answer is “A” – Normalize the situation, as this is a common age for this type of
activity. This is a question dependent on knowledge of child development. The other three
answers, suggesting the boy have a psychiatric exam (answer “B”), having the parents of the
children come in together (answer “C”), and seeing the boy individually (answer “D”), are all not
correct as the actions described are not warranted based on the information presented in the
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