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Case Studies PSY/270 January 15, 2012 Case Studies Case Study 1 Josephine is a 47-year-old single woman. The hardest times of the year for Josephine's family are holidays and family gatherings; Josephine never seems to enjoy herself. She seldom smiles, laughs, or reacts to people and events around her. She remains detached and often goes into a room and plays video games or watches TV by herself, even when the rest of the family is eating. Her family members say that she is rude and do not want her around. Josephine lives by herself. She has held several jobs, but lost them because of her inability to interact with others. Her cool demeanor makes her difficult to approach. Josephine has no significant relationship in her personal life and cannot name any close friends. DSM-IV: Schizoid Personality Disorder Schizoid Personality Disorder is a condition in which the sufferer avoids activities that are social in nature and will consistently remove themselves from interaction with others. The exact cause of this disorder is unknown, but a combination of genetic and environmental factors is thought of as a contribution to all personality disorders. Possible factors associated with a cause could include a parent that was cold or unresponsive to emotional needs. Another factor includes being hypersensitive as a child and this need was treated with annoyance or scorn. Family history could also play a role in the cause of Schizoid Personality Disorder. Having a parent that suffers from any of the personality disorders on the schizophrenic spectrum certainly increases the chances of their offspring developing this disorder. Although Josephine will probably be reluctant to interact with a therapist, the therapist will understand the need for personal space and private thoughts and will continue to try to

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