A Case Study On An Interpersonal Issue In A Family Situation From A Psychological Perspective

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A Case Study on an interpersonal issue in a family situation from a psychological perspective. By Andrew S. Heldt

An Assignment for the Master of Theology on Personal and Social Psychology Year 2: Semester 2

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1. Assignment Question…………………………………….…………………..1 2. Introduction………………………………………………….……………….1 3. Case study – Description…………..……………..………………………….1 a) Early Childhood…………...………………………………...………..1 b) Adolescence……………….………………………………..………….2 c) Church and family relationships…………………………………….3 4. Case study – Analysis ……………………………………………………….5 5. Ongoing Development…………….………………………………...…….....8 6. Further action………………………………………………………………..8 7. Conclusion……………………………………………………………………11 8. ...view middle of the document...

As with any given case in counselling or psychotherapy the paper will also present action taken and ongoing development with the perceived results and, as the case still progress will also aim to look to future intervention with a hope of being effective in the counselling effort and producing the relevant and necessary positive outcome. Though this papers concern is to do with interpersonal issues in a family situation, the writer is of the view that these issues are caused by a certain individual‘s deviant behaviour, and will therefore present briefly a case history of the individual in an attempt to analyse root causes. This paper will further follow the pattern of a combination of a historical case study and an observational case study and thereby seek to trace the development of the case at hand over a period of time as well as observe the case, which in this instance is an individual, and will be again mixed with participatory and non participatory observation. Case study – Description

a) Early Childhood The case at hand is that of a 40 year old man, married for nine years and who has a daughter aged 8, and who for the purpose of this paper will be referred to as ‗the patient‘. Born into a pastors family, he was the youngest of four children with one elder sister and two elder brothers, and had at a 1

very young age of 4 lost his mother and therefore grew up in a single parent home. His father, being a pastor admits that he was not able to give enough time to his children and also did not remarry. After interviewing the patient‘s brother, the writer has discovered that the patient was brought up mainly by his elder siblings, especially his sister and was a very pampered child. The patient is known to have occasionally exhibited violent behaviour from childhood which as observed by the writer, still persists. During his schooling and college the patient was known to have been very capable both academically and in various sports. One of his passions at school was that of playing cricket, and though he excelled at the game, his involvement in the sport came to an abrupt end when he was hit with the ball on the head, after which he has developed epilepsy. Till date he is an epileptic patient suffering from occasional seizures as a result of the same and has been on long term medication though there has been slight to no improvement in the condition.

b) Adolescence The patient pursued his studies in engineering securing a high percentage, then working for a while in a governmental organisation. Following this the patient went on to complete his studies in theology obtaining both a bachelors and masters degree and is known to have achieved a high standard in academics, though throughout his studies was plagued by bouts of epileptic seizures. Though the patient was well versed in the scriptures and seemed theologically sound, from the viewpoint of his siblings was not regarded very highly as he was known to have indulged in pornography...

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