We have covered a lot of different theories throughout this course, and now is your opportunity to apply these theories to an actual case study.  You will select five different personality theories reviewed throughout this course to the case study below. Feel free to reference your notes from your study guide to help you get started.  You must select 1 theory from each week beginning with week 2. 

In a 7-10 page paper, please address each of the following:

  • Describe the psychological challenges through the lens of this theory.

  • Describe the definition of personality from this perspective.

  • Explain the suggested means of helping the patient improve according to the theory. 

Case: A 30-year-old, married, Jamaican-American male is severely addicted to alcohol and seeking mental health treatment. His ten-year addiction has caused him to recently lose his job and learn that his wife of eight years is pursuing a divorce. He experiences comorbid depression (isolation, automatic negative thoughts, lethargy, passing suicidal ideation, sleep disturbances) and anxiety (restlessness, irritability, rumination, fear that something awful may happen). He reports that he developed the addiction ten years ago, and was using alcohol to cope with depression, anxiety, build comradery with others, and cope with the death of his mother. In addition, he grew up around many family members who drank alcohol and moved to the U.S at 14 years old. He also revealed that he endured verbal abuse from his father when he was a child. He disclosed that he was recently abusing alcohol to cope with depression, sleep disturbances and social anxiety. He was working as a cook in a restaurant. He is currently living with a cousin.


Additional Considerations:

  • Assignments are due by Saturday at 11:59 PM EST

  • Papers should be at least 7 pages in length, excluding your cover and reference pages.

  • You must include at least two outside sources to support your own ideas and remember to cite appropriately using APA format.   (Links to an external site.)If you do not reference the assigned readings, points will be deducted.  Always remember to circle everything back to the weekly readings.

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