Psychodynamic and Behavioural Modification Case Study by Nicky

A case study on the psychodynamic and behavioural modification of a 41-year-old mother of two.
# 149841 | 2,273 words | 15 sources | APA | 2012 | GB
Published on Jan 03, 2012 in Psychology (Disorders) , Psychology (Therapies) , Psychology (Case Studies)

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The paper describes the case study subject's behaviour that conforms to the anxiety and fearful complaints found in the Cluster C personality disorder in the DSM. The paper focuses on her dependent personality disorder as well as her avoidant personality disorder, and provides the psychodynamic and cognitive perspectives on these disorders. The paper offers a comparison of cognitive behavioural therapy and psychodynamic therapy and reaches the conclusion that some form of brief psychodynamic therapy would be the best option for her treatment.

Psychodynamic Perspective on Dependent Personality Disorder
Cognitive Perspective on Dependent Personality Disorder
Psychodynamic perspective on Avoidant Personality Disorder (AVPD)
Cognitive Perspective on Avoidant Personality Disorder (AVPD)
Comparison of Cognitive Behavioural therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy

From the Paper:

"This case study involves Sally, a 41-year-old mother of two school age children. She appears to be attempting some counselling which we must assume she has done through her own volition possibly due to the need to corral her often explosive emotional states and behavioural swings. It also appears that she has begun an adult relationship at the age of 14 as she confesses to have had conflict within that relationship at that time. Such early attachments to another individual may certainly indicate an attachment disorder of some kind. Many research studies have indicated that early attachment relationships provide an important foundation for later development and that a secure attachment may serve as a protective factor against the negative impact of various adversities and risk factors (Egeland & Erickson, 1999). Here there may be more insecure attachment involved as the case unfolds. Furthermore, there is certainly some lack of parenting as evident by her being allowed to form such an intense relationship as a 'partner' at 14. Furthermore, six years later, due to possibly increasing conflict, her partner threatened to leave her and Sally then threatened suicide. She also admits that she had often done so in the past in order to manipulate the situation, an unequivocal indication of a dependent personality disorder."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Beck, A., Freeman, A. & Davis, D. (2003). Cognitive therapy of personality disorders (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.
  • Benjamin, L. S. (2003). Interpersonal diagnosis and treatment of personality Disorders (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.
  • Broderick, P. C., & Blewitt, P. (2006). The life span: Human development for helping professionals (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Merrill Prentice Hall.
  • Charman, D. (Ed.). (2004). Core Processes in Brief Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Advancing Effective Practice. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Duffy, M. (2004). Chapter 18 Curative Factors in Work with Older Adults. In Core Processes in Brief Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Advancing Effective Practice, Charman, D. (Ed.) (pp. 361-381). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

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