The Dependent Patient: A Practitioner's Guide

Pages: 243
Item #: 4317061
ISBN: 978-1-59147-203-2
List Price: $19.95
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Copyright: 2005
Format: Hardcover
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Virtually every mental health professional has worked with patients who are overly dependent—patients who have trouble asserting themselves within and outside therapy, alienate others with a pervasive pattern of clinging insecurity, and undermine their social and work relationships with frequent requests for help and reassurance. Such patients have always presented unique treatment challenges for therapists, but in today's managed care-driven environment, with its emphasis on time-limited therapy and cost-effective treatment, the overly dependent patient can be even more challenging.

The Dependent Patient: A Practitioner's Guide presents an integrated, empirically based framework for diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of dependent psychotherapy patients. Rather than being bound to a single theoretical view, The Dependent Patient integrates ideas and findings from a broad array of theoretical perspectives.

This book will be a valuable resource for any practitioner who works in an inpatient, outpatient, rehabilitation, or day treatment/partial hospitalization setting, regardless of the practitioner's background and level of training.


Table of Contents


I. Conceptual and Empirical Foundations

  1. Conceptualizing Dependency
  2. Quantifying Dependency
  3. Dependency Across the Life Span
  4. Context-Specific Deficits and Strengths
  5. Healthy and Unhealthy Dependency

II. Clinical Applications

  1. Diagnosis
  2. Assessment
  3. Approaches to Treatment
  4. An Integrated Treatment Model
  5. Specialized Treatment Issues



About the Author

Author Bio

Robert F. Bornstein received his PhD in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1986, completed a yearlong internship at the Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York, and is a professor of psychology at Gettysburg College. Dr. Bornstein has published more than 150 articles and book chapters on personality dynamics, diagnosis, and treatment. He wrote The Dependent Personality (1993) and Healthy Dependency (2003), coauthored (with Mary Languirand) When Someone You Love Needs Nursing Home Care (2001), and edited seven other volumes of psychological research.

Dr. Bornstein is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society, Pennsylvania Psychological Association, and Society for Personality Assessment. His research has been funded by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Science Foundation, and he received the Society for Personality Assessment's Walter Klopfer and Martin Mayman Awards for Distinguished Contributions to the Personality Assessment Literature.

Reviews & Awards

This book has such a utility for the field that it deserves to be read and placed on all clinicians’ shelves! Strongly recommended.
—Doody Enterprises, Inc.