Edited by O. Von Hinuber
Case histories in contemporary psychology
It has been observed that the great novels are source books for psychologists or that they are case histories.
What is a case history?
In Western psychology, case histories are defined as follows: “a compilation of information which includes all available data on background, test results, interviews, ratings, disgnoses, etc., concerning an individual subject of a study. The case history method is most frequently utilized… for the practical purpose of diagnosis and prognosis. However, after the study of a number of individual cases, the clinician or sociologist may formulate theoretical principles or generalisations about some aspect of behaviour.