Case Study - The Case of Agnes
Sandra D. Darby
October 28, 2008
Kristi Lane, PhD.
The Case of Agnes
The following is a case study analysis of Anxiety, Somatoform, and Dissociative Disorders. The writer will present an analysis of a selected case as described in the text, Case studies in abnormal behavior (8th ed.) by Meyer R., Chapman, L.K., & Weaver, C.M. (2009). The writer will also provide a brief overview of the selected case as well as analyze the biological, emotional, cognitive and behavioral components of the disorder. The case selected is “The Case of Agnes”. Overview of Case Study
The character in this case study is known as Agnes, a woman who was brought in to the community mental health center in the eastern seaboard city by her daughter who believed that her mother was mentally ill. Her family included of a husband and one daughter. Agnes believed that she suffered from “heart disease”, but her physician reassured her that it may be anxiety and tension. Agnes may have being suffering from anxiety disorder known as Agoraphobia, which is classified in the DSM-IV-TR as a fear of being left alone or finding oneself in public places in which one could be embarrassed and unable to find help in case of sudden panic attacks (Meyer, Chapman & Weaver, 2009). The biological, emotional, cognitive and behavioral components of this disorder are discussed in this paper. Current Description
According to the text, Agnes is a thin 43 year-old married white female who was taken to the mental health center in her hometown in the eastern seaboard city by her 22 year-old daughter, who feared that her mother was mentally ill. She claimed that her mother wanted to accompany her everywhere she went and that placed her in an awkward position. Agnes has always been a tense person and has reported experiencing agoraphobic symptoms for about seven years with symptoms becoming even more intense over an extended period. Agnes also believed that she suffers from heart disease and often complains about experiencing irregular heart beat. Her physician does not believe it is anything but tension and anxiety. Agnes uses tranquilizers to relieve severe bouts of anxiety. She never experiences these symptoms at home even after engaging in heavy household chores. Agnes worked as a secretary after graduating from high school. Though she dreamed of getting a college degree, she never pursued it instead she continued working as a secretary and helped her husband to finish his last year in college. In the early years of marriage she was fairly stable in her functioning, but her problems with this disorder increased over the years. Predisposing Factors
Agnes’s childhood years were not unhappy. Her father was an authoritarian but he was warm and loving to his children. Agnes’s father drank liquor and in his drunken state, he would whip her rebellious brother (Meyer, Chapman & Weaver, 2009). Her mother was a passive and very submissive woman and showed symptoms of agoraphobia although she never sought treatment for herself. According to the text, Agnes was a “good student” and “teacher’s pet” and had a few friends with whom she would communicate about her problems (Meyer, Chapman & Weaver, 2009). Agnes was not physically attractive and this hindered her from overcoming her withdrawal patterns. She did not participate in school activities, neither was she very sociable. This lack of interest helped to promote her peers lack of attention toward her. Agnes married a man who bore similarities to her father’s authoritarian style. Agnes gave birth to one child, followed by a miscarriage. This was her first panic experience but it was soon brought under control by medication administered to her in the hospital. Agnes’s daughter was very independent and Agnes felt threatened by her own sense of need. The more independent her daughter became, the more liable to anxiety Agnes became (Meyer, Chapman & Weaver, 2009). Agnes did not seek...
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Instructor: Dr. Cheryl Fisher
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The Carter Cleaning Company
Job Analysis Continuing Case:
The carter cleaning company: The job description
1. What should be the format and final form of the store manager’s job description?
Answer: The format noted in figure 4-6 could be a reasonable format to use. Students may recommend
that Jen should include a “standards of performance” section in the job description. This lists the
standards the employee is expected to achieve under each of the job description’s main duties and
responsibilities, and would address the problem of employees not understanding company policies,
procedures, and expectations. In addition, students may recommend that Jennifer instead take a
competency-based approach which describes the job in terms of the measurable, observable, behavioral
competencies that an employee doing that job must exhibit. Because competency analysis focuses more
on “how” the worker meets the job’s objectives or actually accomplishes the work, it is more worker
2. Was it practical to specify standards and procedures in the body of the job description, or
should these be kept separately?
Answer: They do not need to be kept separately, and in fact both Jen and the employees would be
better served by incorporating standards and procedures into the body of the description. The exception
to this would be if the standards and procedures are so complex or involved that it...
Systematically gathering enough information
about a particular person, social setting, event,
or group to permit the researcher to effectively
understand how it operates or functions.
Casestudies may focus on an individual, a
group, or an entire community and may utilize
a number of data technologies such as life
stories, documents, oral histories, in-depth
interviews, and participant observation.
Types of casestudies
Stake (1995) suggests that researchers
have different purposes for studying
cases. He suggests that casestudies
can be classified into three different
types: intrinsic, instrumental, and
Intrinsic casestudies are undertaken when
researcher wants to better understand a
It is not undertaken primarily because it
represents other cases or because it
illustrates some particular trait,
characteristic, or problem. Rather, it is
because of its uniqueness or ordinariness
that a case becomes interesting.
Instrumental casestudies provide
insights into an issue or refine a
The intention is to assist the...