Case analysis from ego psychology perspectives Essay
This paper, divided into two parts, is intended to understand April’s case in a “thoughtfully eclectic” way from a social work perspective by applying human behavior theories. The first part shows the use of Ego Psychology to illustrate how loss from April’s father’s death interrupted her development by disrupting her ego function. The second part shows the assessment of April’s biological, psychological, and social-emotional development, the ecological factors which affected her development, and the cultural stereotype expectation on normal development.
April’s arrival was not expected by her mother; this unexpected pregnancy may have caused stress to the mother (Joy) while she carried April. This was …show more content…
In order to help April to cope with the loss more effectively and reach optimal ego development, the ego-oriented social workers can, on one hand, use supportive and modifying approaches to help April restore, maintain, and enhance her here-and-now ego functions and promote her ego mastery and problem-solving coping capacities. On the other hand, they also can incorporate environmental change which support and facilitate April’s progress; in doing so, the change needs to direct attention to understanding the nature of April’s maladaptive defenses and behavior, her basic attitudes toward self and others, her patterns of relating to her families and others, and new