Date Approved

5-8-2002

Embargo Period

5-18-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Applied Psychology

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Maschler, Rina

Subject(s)

Depression, Mental--Case studies; Women college students

Disciplines

Psychology

Abstract

This thesis is a single subject case study of a 20 year old, single, white female conducted in a university counseling center setting. This female presented into therapy with symptoms of major depression disorder, single episode, with moderate severity, and some mood congruent distortions. The therapy extended over a nine-week period, but with only six actual treatment sessions. Therapy consisted of an eclectic approach and individualized treatments pertaining to Cognitive-Behavioral Theory and some Interpersonal Theory elements for treating depression. This case was conceptualized through Young's Early Maladaptive Schema Theory (1990) and Bowlby's Attachment Theory (1969, 1973, 1980) in accordance to this client's self-reported symptoms of depression, avoidance, intraparental conflict in divorce, low academic functioning, and low self-esteem and social functioning. Goals of therapy focused on 1) educating the client on symptoms and causes of depression, 2) identifying distorted schemas and maladaptive patterns pertaining to the combination of early maladaptive schemas, intraparental conflict in divorce, and attachment theory, 3) identifying individualized stressors and cues for depression, and 4) coping mechanisms and individualized cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal treatments for correcting distorted schemas and maladaptive relationship patterns eliciting her depression.

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