For this assignment, consider the following case vignette:
Susie is a 13-year-old Asian American girl; the youngest child in a family of four older siblings. Her parents are both high school teachers and came to United States from India to attend college and stayed to raise a family together. They travel as a family to India several weeks of every year to be with extended family. Susie understands some phrases in the dialect spoken by her extended family, but she and her sisters consistently speak to their parents in English. When Susie was 5 years old, she was hospitalized for three weeks for a serious illness. Since that time, she has been in good health, but has struggled with her fears and anxiety.
Susie is extremely shy and avoids situations in which she needs to interact with new people or large groups. She worries about making mistakes in her schoolwork and becomes extremely anxious when taking tests. Sometimes, she becomes so nervous that her heart races; she begins to tremble and has difficulty breathing. Susie is also afraid of the dark and does not want to be alone in her room at night. She often requires the presence of one of her parents or older sisters until she falls asleep. As her oldest three sisters have left home to pursue their education and careers, the family is finding Susie’s need for reassurance more burdensome.
Part I: Examining Three Models of Psychopathology
- Review each of the three models of abnormality—biological, psychological, and sociocultural—and apply key principles from each model to frame what is happening to Susie and her family.
- Analyze how each model explains the factors leading to Susie’s presenting behaviors.
Part II: Assessment Instruments to Aid in Diagnosis
Formulate a culturally sensitive assessment strategy using a combination of at least two measures listed below (and linked in Resources) to assist with the assessment of Susie and her family. Describe how the assessments will be administered and interpreted using scholarly sources to support the strategy.
- DSM-5: Assessment Measures:
- Parent/Guardian-Rated DSM-5 Level 1 Cross Cutting Symptom Measure.
- DSM-5: Cultural Formulation:
- Cultural Formulation Interview.
- Hamilton and Carr’s “Systematic Review of Self‐Report Family Assessment Measures.”
- MFCT learners must use at least one self-report assessment measure reviewed by Hamilton and Carr in the article.
Part III: Systemic Perspective for Diagnosis
With an assessment strategy established:
- Analyze how the DSM and ICD offer specific guidance to working with families.
- Describe the specific V and Z codes that apply, noting the limitations and risks of using these codes for Susie and her family.