Essay on Paco 603 Case Study

3800 Words May 2nd, 2014 16 Pages
* * * * * * * * * Case Study: Steve and Cindy * * PACO 603 Premarital and Marital Counseling * * December 11, 2013 *
Case Study: Steve and Cindy * When entering into marital counseling, a couple is often seeking help to resolve differences or problems either one or both are struggling to overcome. Steve and Cindy have recently begun this journey by seeking help with their marriage from a pastoral counselor at their church who uses Olson’s PREPARE/ENRICH program (2009). They have both taken the program’s online tests, which cover a multitude of key areas such as the couple’s background, relationship dynamics, and personalities. This paper addresses three main areas
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* Background * The couple appears to share similar backgrounds. They are in the same age group and are of the same race; both came from non-abusive, connected, flexible families and were both the first-born child. They also share the same religious beliefs. Some of the differences that may contribute to problems include having different education levels, the husband being the sole breadwinner, and the wife’s two failed marriages. Although they both rated as average under overall satisfaction, later answers contradict this finding. For instance, under the relationship dynamics category, neither of them feels understood by their partner. Also, both lack assertiveness, tend to avoid problems, and occasionally feel as if their partner is trying to dominate them. * Based on some of Cindy’s answers, she may struggle with self-esteem and identity issues stemming from the difference in education level between herself and her spouse, her two failed marriages, and her lack of income. Low self-esteem may contribute to her lack of assertiveness and tendency to minimize problems or stuff her feelings. This could also explain why she reported feeling controlled financially by her husband, is concerned that her husband is not interested in her sexually, experiences more stress than he does, and is more unsatisfied with how they communicate and resolve conflicts. Hawkins (1991. p.27) identifies low self-worth as a

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