Date Approved

8-12-2002

Embargo Period

5-11-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Applied Psychology

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Cahill, Janet

Subject(s)

Personality disorders--Treatment

Disciplines

Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this case study was to review the literature and determine what treatment modality would best work for the client chosen with the diagnosis of Dependent Personality Disorder. While reviewing the literature, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) appeared to be the treatment that worked the best. This 39 year-old Caucasian female presented with a number of complaints, including difficulties in forming non-abusive relationships, low self-esteem and possible depression, possible panic attacks and difficulty relating to and parenting her 12-year-old daughter. A treatment plan was developed and the client attended weekly sessions with the therapist. CBT was used to work on each goal. The "Ways of Coping Questionnaire" was administered two times. This enabled the client to see the processes she used in coping with stressful situations. Her scores on the items the second time she answered them decreased, which indicated that the client didn't perceive the second situation as being as stressful as before. After completing the "Client Satisfaction Survey," it appeared that the client was completely satisfied with the agency and treatment she received. The client and therapist felt that she successfully completed all of her goals and decided to end treatment.

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Psychology Commons

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