Review the Learning Resource, “The Case of Mrs. C.”
Review the Personality Theory Matrix information about the neo-psychoanalytic and behavioral theoretical orientations and their corresponding related theories.
Assignment (2 pages – 1 page per theory)
Based on the information you gain from the personality case study, “The Case of Mrs. C,” complete the following case study analyses:
Neo-Psychoanalytic Theory Case Study Analysis:
Analyze Mrs. C’s symptoms, including cultural considerations, from the perspective of a key idea from a theorist that you identified from the neo-psychoanalytic theoretical orientation.
Offer suggestions for assessments and interventions to use with Mrs. C from the perspective of a key idea from a theorist that you identified from the neo-psychoanalytic theoretical orientation.
Trait Theory Case Study Analysis:
Analyze Mrs. C’s symptoms, including cultural considerations, from the perspective of a key idea from a theorist that you identified from the behavioral theoretical orientation.
Offer suggestions for assessments and interventions to use with Mrs. C from the perspective of a key idea from a theorist that you identified from the behavioral theoretical orientation.
Integrate Resources and scholarly materials in your analyses and provide citations and references in APA format. References should be combined in one list at the end of the document.
PSYC 6220/5220/8221: Psychology of Personality
CREDIT LINE: SYSTEMS OF PYSCHOTHERAPY: A Transtheoretical Analysis, 9th Edition, by James O. Prochaska
and John C. Norcross. Copyright 2018 by Oxford University Press. Reprinted by permission of Oxford University
Press via the Copyright Clearance Center.
“The Case of Mrs. C” is excerpted from Systems of Psycotherapy: A Transtheoretical Analysis, 9th Edition,
by James O. Prochaska and John C. Norcross, and does not reflect a clinical assessment of the client and
the family members’ experiences.
THE CASE OF MRS. C
Psychotherapy systems are not merely static combinations of change processes, theoretical contents,
and research studies. The systems are, first and foremost, concerned with serious disorders afflicting
fellow humans. In comparing systems, it is essential to picture how the psychotherapies conceptualize
and treat the presenting problems of an actual client. The client selected for comparative purposes is
Mrs. C is a 47-year-old mother of six children: Arlene, 17; Barry, 15; Charles, 13; Debra, 11; Ellen, 9; and
Frederick, 7. Without reading further, and astute observer might discern Mrs. C‘s personality
configuration. The orderliness of children named alphabetically and of childbirths every 2 years are
consistent with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
For the past 10 years, Mrs. C has been plagued by compulsive washing. Her baseline charts, in which she
recorded her behavior each day before treatment began, indicated that she washed her hands 25 to 30
times a day, 5 to 10 minutes at a time. Her daily morning shower lasted about 2 hours with rituals
involving each part of her body, beginning with her rectum. If she lost track of where she was in her
ritual, then she would have to start all over. A couple of times this had resulted in her husband, George,
going off to work while his wife was in the shower only to return 8 hours later to find her still involved in
the lengthy ritual.
To avoid extended showers, George had begun helping his wife keep track of her ritual, so that at times
she would yell out, “Which arm, George?” and he would yell back, “Left arm, Martha.” His participation
in the shower ritual required George to rise at 5:00 A.M. in order to have his wife out of the shower
before he left for work at 7:00 A.M. After 2 years of this schedule, George was ready to explode.
George was, understandably, becoming increasingly impatient with many of his wife’s related
symptoms. She would not let anyone wear a pair of underwear more than once and often wouldn’t even
let the underwear be washed. There were piles of dirty underwear in each bedroom corner. When we
asked her husband to gather up the underwear for the laundry, we asked him to count them, but he quit
counting after the thousandth pair. He was depressed to realize that he had more than $2,000 invested
in once-worn underwear.
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