Holden Caulfield Assessment Essay

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INFORMATION IDENTIFYING DATA AND REASON FOR REFERRAL: Holden Caulfield is 17 years of age. He was referred by his parents to determine his mental state. Holden has a history of poor school performance. He has been kicked out of many top of the line private schools. The contributing factors may include death in the family, skipping classes and not putting any effort into his work. SOURCES OF INFORMATION: This information was given to me through interviews with his mother and father, as well as his ten year old sister, Phoebe. More information was gathered through academic and medical files, and telephone calls to former teachers and school administrators. I observed his behaviors while he was in the room and he was straightforward and …show more content…

If something did not interest him he would refuse to do it. HOME: Holden is easily frustrated and gets upset easily. He has feelings of guilt towards his failures in school, which he masks with a nonchalant attitude. He is extremely broken up over the death of his brother. Holden shows the desire to communicate on a deep level with other, but he doesn’t seem to know quite how. He finds it easier to confide in strangers and does not trust people easily. He pushes people away and can be very rude when irritated. Holden’s mother is still grieving the death of her youngest son and often times cannot sleep at night. Holden’s Father is very concerned with his appearances, being a lawyer. EDUCATION: His former teacher, a Mr. Spencer indicated that Holden has almost no motivation to finish school, failing all but one class (English) at his former school, Pencey Preparatory School. Holden is very intelligent and is very talented in english, mathematics and science, but simply lacks motivation. He finds it hard to make friends with other students and can be extremely rude towards people who he is closely acquainted with. His confidence level is above average for his age group. He understands that he is a physically attractive young man and has little trouble asking girls he just met to dance. He has trouble with boundaries, often times tackling his Pencey room mate and would knock on the doors of other boys in his class in the middle of

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