Psychological Case Study Essay

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Psychological Case Study

Abstract The aim of this case study is to investigate the participants relationships with other family members. Why does she argue so much with her mother? The problem that the client is faced with is in the relationship that she has with her mother. Although the love between them is clearly evident, there is a lot of friction between them and there are frequent arguments fought out. Symptoms from the client include violent swearing, shouting, sarcastic remarks, verbal attacks and sometimes physical violence. I have found that her argumentative behaviour seems to be mostly caused by adolescent puberty, with biological hormone changes being ever present. Small stimuli and annoyances will trigger this
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However my case study concluded that perhaps there is a much less complex reason for these arguments, this conclusion may possibly be down to individual differences.

The problem that the client is faced with is in the relationship that she has with her mother. Although the love between them is clearly evident, there is a lot of friction between them and there are frequent arguments fought out. Symptoms from the client include violent swearing, shouting, sarcastic remarks, verbal attacks and sometimes physical violence. The client feels that even though these arguments occur, her relationship with her mother is not negatively affected. When asked why she feels that she argues so much with her mother, the client said that she feels that her mother is always trying to “nose-in” on her life . She also said that often she gets a feeling of great frustration with her mother and her abusive outbursts are her outlet for that frustration. It should be noted however that the participant felt that the frequency of the arguments between herself and her mother were a lot lower than what I had observed and she felt its was an average argument frequency.

To conduct this case study I used a variety of different methods. One such method was direct observation. All my observations were covert so as to try to minimise any demand characteristics or other purposeful changes in behaviour that would have resulted from using an overt style

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