Date Approved

1-30-2003

Embargo Period

5-10-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and Applied Psychology

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Cahill, Janet

Subject(s)

Depression, Mental; People with mental disabilities; Post-traumatic stress disorder

Disciplines

Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this single subject study was to compare best practice and normative practice in the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Mild Mental Retardation. A client from a community-based agency was used in the study. The client was an African American woman who resided in a low socioeconomic area and whose income was below the poverty line. The client experienced emotional, physical, and psychological abuse and neglect during childhood. She presented with symptoms of depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, basic coping skills and parenting skills. Outcome data was obtained through interviewing and observations. The treatment consisted of a minimum of one therapy session per week for duration of six months. A head therapist, co-therapist, and a counselor would visit the woman in her home for weekly sessions. The results suggested that the treatment used in this study was unsuccessful in obtaining significant positive behavioral change.

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Psychology Commons

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