Case Study: Are Fathers Essential for Children's Well-Being
University of Phoenix
The case study was conducted to help patient Becky White with her drug and alcohol abuse that stemmed from growing up in an unstable home during childhood development. After extensive research Becky was diagnosed and offered psychoanalysis and humanistic therapy to understand and help Becky work through her problems and come up with reasonable solutions. The therapy session are not complete but off to a good start. The number one problem of growing up without a father in her life led to no structure has been established. Therefore, this statement from a young lady who grew ...view middle of the document...
Becky has been in and out of legal troubles and rehab since 2005. She has suffered from an eating disorder; depression, and in out of rehabs numerous accounts. The last stint of spending 120 days in jail for parole violation that stemmed from her DUI case. Also doing three weeks in rehab for an alleged addiction to prescription pills, Becky has been court ordered to receive help. Becky blames her drug use and personal problems on her chemically imbalanced father and hanging with the wrong crowd. As a result of no structure because her father was in jail, Becky began drinking, and dabbling into drugs.
Sarah and Marcia (2002) stated, “Positive father involvement, particularly by fathers who live with their children, has been to link to less frequent child and adolescent behavioral problems, including delinquency, substance abuse, anxiety, and depression” (p. 91, para 4). Therefore, if there was a father in the household there would have been structure and no need to experiment with drugs or alcohol.
The main problem in this case was no father at home during the childhood years of development, and later in life the death of her mother. This problem contributed to the drug and alcohol abuse later in the adolescent life. Becky has been diagnosed with 303.90 and 305.90 from the DSM-IV. Sequentially to overcome these tribulations Becky needs to undergo psychoanalysis therapy and a humanistic therapy.
Psychoanalyst believes the root of the problems derived from childhood events and unconscious feelings or thoughts. According to the authors “psychoanalysis is a clinically based and focused on explaining and treating abnormal human behavior (Lawson, Graham, & Baker, 2007). Becky will undergo talk therapy first to help the therapist understand what is going on in the clients’ world. The session will then go into free association, and dream interpretation. Especially if Becky has been having dreams that are different, that could be her unconscious thoughts trying to present them.
Freud “believes dreaming does not inform or resolve conflicted unconscious emotional experience for the dreamer on his or her own; rather, dreams are fully interpretable and understandable only by the analyst, who puts the repressed meaning of the dream into words for the patient” (Schneider, 2010, p. 533). As a result, Becky will be...