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1 Application of Clinical Psychology Learning Team A PSY/480 10/9/2017 Mary Ann Little
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2 Application of Clinical Psychology Marital discord touches many families in the U.S. each year. Divorce rates have risen to numbers unseen in generations before us. Many families seek the help of couple’s therapy before taking the final step in separation. When assisting couples with marital difficulties, it is essential to determine why the marriage is failing. The case study of Hans and Marta is a prime example of how clinical psychology can assist in these difficulties. In the case study, we will find biological, psychological, and social factors that help clinical psychologists understand why the couple is facing marital discord and direct the intervention plan. The case study will also help us understand which clinical interventions would be most useful in repairing the marriage and why. It is essential to understand correctly what will be done and who needs to be involved in the intervention. The environment of the intervention is a key factor to its success. Overview of Case Study The case study describes the main challenges Hans and Marta face in their marriage. They each have children from previous marriages this alone can cause stress and discomfort for each member of the family. In the short time, they have been married they have also had a daughter of their own. Having a new baby in a home is also something that can cause stress and distance between spouses. They are a one income family, Hans works full time, and Marta stays home with the children to provide for their daily needs. With the stress level high the couple fights frequently and rarely feels any marital satisfaction. Han has become physically abusive with Marta and the children. This abuse causes Marta to shy away from confronting Hans about the issues they are having. With Marta’s attention mainly on the children, Hans tends to feel
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