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Case Study: Jonathan
Janice and Ronald, a couple, come to a scheduled appointment with you. During the phone intake, they alluded to some problems with their son but weren’t willing to elaborate. To your surprise, when they arrive, they have their son with them. Jonathan is 15. He is tall for his age, has long hair, and wears nail polish and earrings. Jonathan is also very angry.
Janice and Ronald explain that they have been married for 30 years. Jonathan, their youngest child, was a surprise baby; their older children, Manny and Wayne, are 27 and 29.
You ask Jonathan what the issue is, but he refuses to answer. Reluctantly, Janice says that Jonathan was “always different” growing up and that he had a hard time with toilet training. This statement elicits an explosion of anger from Jonathan. He then withdraws from the conversation again.
Ronald says that Jonathan has always had a hard time fitting in. Their small town is relatively conservative, he says, and there haven’t been options for him to “express himself.” Ronald explains that Jonathan would probably be “more normal” if he could just rebel a little and get it out of his system. When you ask what “it” is, Ronald shuts down. Janice is similarly inarticulate.
Finally, Jonathan says, “I can’t take this anymore.” He then explains that he has felt all his life like he was in the wrong body. As a child, he liked to play with dolls and dress-up rather than sports. He knows that Ronald is disappointed that Jonathan didn’t follow in his footsteps to play football. Most of Jonathan’s friends, both as a child and now, are girls. He feels deeply that he should be a girl and wants to transition, including medical and hormonal interventions. He has told his parents repeatedly that he needs help from them to manage this process, but they maintain that it’s “just a phase” and “something’s wrong with him.” For example, he once told Janice that he should have been born a girl; Janice’s response was to caution him not to talk about such things for fear of being made fun of.
Previously, Jonathan has been diagnosed with stress-related issues and has struggled with both depression and anxiety. His parents believe that he will feel better once he “grows out of” the conflict between his physical body and his feelings. Jonathan believes he will feel better once he is in a body that feels like his.
To complete this assignment, use the required Identifying Relevant Theories and Models Template [DOCX] to write an APA-formatted paper. After reading Jonathan’s case study above, address the following:
Describe three theories that you feel might be appropriate for addressing the client’s sexual problem. Include a section on how neuroscience has facilitated our understanding of the client’s problem.
Evaluate how one of the theories conceptualizes human psychosexual development across the lifespan and how it is applicable to the client’s stage of life.
Describe how one of the theories would approach the treatment of the client’s identified gender identity issues.
Describe a systems perspective that provides an understanding of family and other systems theories and major models of family and related interventions as it pertains to human sexuality.
Describe strategies to work affirmatively with the sexual and gender expansive aspects of the case study.
Create a references list with a minimum of 3–5 scholarly sources.
Make sure that your references support the theory and model selections you selected.
Visit Evidence and APA in the Capella Writing Center for information on integrating sources into your paper.
Your completed paper should be 4–6 pages long.