Assignment: Case Study Analysis–Neo-Psychoanalytic And Behavioral Personality Theories Assignment (2 pages – 1 page per theory) Based on the information yo

 

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.

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.

Other objects were scattered around the house because a fork or a can of food dropped on the floor
could not be retrieved in Mrs. C‘s presence. She felt it was contaminated. Mrs. C had been doing no
housework—no cooking, cleaning, or washing—for years. One of her children described the house as a
“state dump,” and my (JOP) visit to the home confirmed this impression.

Mrs. C did work part -time. What would be a likely job for her? Something to do with washing, of course.
In fact, she was a dental technician, which involves washing and sterilizing all the dentist’s equipment.

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.

As if these were not sufficient concerns, Mrs. C had become unappealing in appearance. She had not
purchased new clothes in 7 years, and her existing clothes were becoming ragged. Never in her life had
she been to a beautician and now she seldom combed her own hair. Her incessant washing of her body
and hair led to a presentation somewhere between a prune and a boiled lobster with the frizzies.

Mrs. C‘s washing ritual also entailed walking around the house nude from the waist up as she went from
her bedroom bath to the downstairs bath to complete her washing. This was especially upsetting to Mr.
C because of the embarrassment it was producing in their teenage sons. The children were also upset by
Mrs. C‘s frequent nagging to wash their hands and change their underwear, and she would not allow
them to entertain friends in the house.

Consistent with OCD features, Mrs. C was a hoarder: she had two closets filled with hundreds of towels
and sheets, dozens of unused earrings, and her entire wardrobe from the past 20 years. She did not
consider this hoarding a problem because it was a family characteristic, which she believes she inherited
from her mother and from her mother’s mother.

Mrs. C also suffered from a sexual arousal disorder; in common parlance, she was “frigid.” She said she
had never been sexually excited in her life, but at least for the first 13 years of her marriage she engaged
in sexual relations to satisfy her husband. However, in the past 2 years they had intercourse just twice,
because sex and become increasingly unpleasant for her.

To complete the list, Mrs. C was clinically depressed. She had made a suicide gesture by swallowing a
bottle of aspirin since she had an inkling that her psychotherapist was giving up on her and her husband
was probably going to commit her to a psychiatric hospital.

Mrs. C‘s compulsive rituals revolved around and obsession with pinworms. Her oldest daughter had
come home with pinworms 10 years earlier during a severe flu epidemic. Mrs. C had to care for a sick
family while pregnant, sick with the flu herself, and caring for a demanding 1-year-old child. Her
physician told her that, to avoid having the pinworms spread throughout the family, Mrs. C would need
to be extremely careful about the children’s underwear, clothes, and sheets and that she should boil all
of these articles to kill any pinworm eggs. Mrs. C confirmed that both she and her husband were rather
anxious about a pinworm epidemic in the home and were both preoccupied with cleanliness during this
time. However, Mrs. C’s preoccupation with cleanliness and pinworms continued even after it was
confirmed that her daughter’s pinworms were eliminated.

The C couple acknowledged a relatively good marriage before the pinworm episode. They had both
wanted a sizable family, and Mr. C‘s income as a business executive had allowed them to afford a large
family and comfortable home without financial strain. During the first 13 years of their marriage, Mrs. C
had demonstrated some of her obsessive-compulsive traits, but never to such a degree that Mr. C
considered them a problem. Mr. C and the older children recalled many happy times with Mrs. C, and
they kept alive the warmth and love that they had once shared with this now preoccupied person.

Mrs. C hailed from a strict, authoritarian, and sexually repressed Catholic family. She was the middle of
three girls, all of whom were dominated by a father who was 6 feet, 4 inches tall and weighed 250
pounds. When Mrs. C was a teenager, her father would wait up for her after dates to question her about
what she had done; he once went so far is to follow her on a date. He tolerated absolutely no expression
of anger, especially toward himself, and when she would try to explain her point of view politely, he

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.

would have to tell her to shut up. Mrs. C‘s mother was a cold, compulsive woman who repeatedly
regaled her daughters about her disgust with sex. She also frequently warned her daughters about
diseases and the centrality of cleanliness.

In developing a psychotherapy plan for Mrs. C, one of the differential diagnostic questions was whether
Mrs. C was plagued with a severe obsessive-compulsive disorder or whether her symptoms were
masking a latent schizophrenic process. A full battery of psychological testing was completed, and the
test results were consistent with those from previous evaluations that had found no evidence of a
thought disorder or other signs of psychotic processes.

Mrs. C had previously undergone a total of six years of mental health treatment, and throughout that
time the clinicians had uniformly considered her problems to be severe but nonpsychotic in nature. The
only time schizophrenia was offered as a diagnosis was after some extensive individual psychotherapy
failed to lead to any improvement. The consensus in our clinic was that Mrs. C was demonstrating
severe OCD that was going to be extremely difficult to treat.

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