Running head: CASE STUDY OF KIMBERLY
Case Study of Kimberly
CASE STUDY OF KIMBERLY
Kimberly is a 17-year-old teenager, who has been brought in by her mother, Diana, to see
a therapist. Before their visit, Kimberly is heard calling Diana a "stupid fucking bitch" and
kicking a chair across the room. The verbal abuse and foul behavior continue throughout their
session. This family is from the pricier side of the suburbs. Diana, an advertising executive, and
her husband, an international banker who was sorry he could not make it due to technical
demands, are both successful and well respected within their community.
Diana reports that Kimberly has lost 25 lbs., has horrid mood swings and distances
herself from school, family, and old friends. She began hoarding odd flasks and containers that
are filthy, has burns on her arms, and smokes an unusual number of cigarettes. All the while,
Kimberly exhibits a relaxed attitude as Diana voices her concerns. She is scruffy with 11
noticeable piercings, in comparison to her neat mother.
The information gathered shows that Kimberly has a younger sister who is four years
older than her who is attending an Ivy League college. ...