Identify the condition, behavior, or circumstances to be changed based on their family assessment. Reply with your response in the space below.
Janine was hospitalized as an adolescent for depression and mood disorders. Her hospitalization was the result of her cutting a finger, which she says was in response to her mother not allowing her to stay out late with her friends. In school with her teachers and at home with her parents, her behavior may be characterized as oppositional defiant. This behavior was also exhibited with hospital staff. Upon her release from the hospital, the family was assigned to the caseload as an in-home social worker.
The father’s mother also lives with the family. She and Janine are close, or “in cahoots, which is the way Janine’s mother described their relationship.
According to Janine’s mother, the grandmother,
“never holds Janine accountable for anything.” The father rejects the mother’s perception and counters that the relationship between Janine and her is not the problem. Instead, he sees his wife as a product of her own “authoritarian, rigid upbringing, in a household with silly rules. Both parents are reluctant to talk about Janine’s hospitalization.
They assert, “We need to put this episode behind us and move on.” Janine agrees. According to her, the finger incident was a stupid thing to do, and she would like to return to school and be with her class.