Object Relations Case Study of Richard:
A Conceptualization and Treatment Plan
Bea A. Goodstudent
Begin a new page. Your abstract page should already include the page header as shown above. An abstract is a succinct summary of a longer piece of work, usually academic in nature, which is published in isolation from the main text and should therefore stand on its own and be understandable without reference to the longer piece. It should report the latter's essential facts, and should not exaggerate or contain material that is not there. Its purpose is to act as a reference tool (for example in a library abstracting service), enabling the reader to decide whether or not to read the full text. Your abstract should be a single paragraph double-spaced. Your abstract should be between 150 and 250 words. Keywords: APA style, good paper style, headings, title page Chapter 2, 2.04, p. 25-27) (Figure 2.1, p. 41).
“The example below focuses more on the details of the case and does not explain the process using outside sources. The portions in gray are meant to give you guidance as to how to incorporate outside sources in a manner that would support the material you are presenting, therefore making a case study more of an assignment that is appropriate in an academic environment.” Object Relations Case Study of Richard:
A Conceptualization and Treatment Plan
You would want to write a good introduction to your paper here that would be one paragraph and would include your thesis statement. This should be different than your abstract which is a summary of your paper. Presenting Concerns
Richard presents himself as depressed following his recent divorce. He feels lonely and unworthy. He also reports feeling great anger towards his former wife and unable to move on with his life after the divorce. He considers that the divorce was caused mostly by lack of communication between him and his wife. Richard recognizes that he has had great difficulty in communicating with others throughout his life and that only recently he has become aware of this. He reports that previous to this marriage at the age of 44, relationships with women had been short and non-committal. Throughout the interview Richard revealed that both parents were alcoholic and that he was very isolated and angry as a child. He grew up moving frequently from the homes of relatives, including one of his grandmothers.
You would begin the case conceptualization with a brief explanation of the key components of this theory utilizing outside sources. The portions below that are highlighted in gray are the concepts for which you would likely want to offer a short explanation from an outside source or the course textbook.
It seems that as he was growing up, Richard did not have the opportunity to form adequate attachment bonds with his mother or father (he reports both parents as alcoholic). It appears that he also lacked other adult figures in his environment (relatives, siblings) with whom to form significant relations (he reports being very lonely and isolated as a child). Because of this deprivation of a significant nurturing relationship, as a child Richard must have felt great pain; together with the pain he likely experienced great anger both towards himself and towards others. He might have concluded that he was not loved because he is defective and, therefore, not lovable, developing a negative sense of self. In order to avoid this pain, it is possible that early on Richard disconnected himself to a certain extent from his emotional self. This disconnect from his own emotions, has made it difficult for Richard to connect with others, feel empathy and develop intimate relationships. These early experiences may have led Richard to believe that as an adult he is not lovable, he doesn’t have...
References: Good, W. A. (2004). Always be sure to use the best sources that you can find: It will help your paper to be better. Peer Reviewed Articles Are Best, 1 (2), 22-26.
Books, T. N., & Notes, F. G. (2010). Use your textbooks whenever possible. (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Plenty Publishing.
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