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Running head: TERRY AND BILL ANALYSIS 1Case AnalysisJessica A MerrillPSY 7210Lifespan DevelopmentAbstract
Terry and Bill Analysis 2Development theories and attachment theories are applied to a case study on page 199 from Thelife span: Human development for helping professionalstext book by Patricia A. Broderick andPamela Blewitt (2015). Here we have the case of Terry and Bill who have waited to havechildren. After five years of marriage they decide to have children and their first child, Dawn, isborn. A few years later, the couple gives birth to another child, Darren. Darren has medical issuesthat shift the parents more towards him.The Case of Terry and BillDawn: Baby Number OneTerry and Dawn are a black couple who have been married for a few years with no children (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). They both believed that the mother should stay at home with the kids, so Terry quit her job when they had a child, Dawn. Dawn, a vibrant 4 year old, is the only child of the couple who receives ample attention from both parents (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). Terry was understanding when Dawn fussed or had temper tantrums (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). Terry would ease Dawn out of it by playing games with her(Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). Dawn went to a program for toddlers so she would be around peers (Broderick &Blewitt, 2015). Dawn was seemingly a very happy child. Darren: The Second Child
Terry and Bill Analysis 3Darren, Dawn’s baby brother, was born when Dawn was three (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). Darren had a congenital heart defect (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). With his medical condition, Terry gave him more attention and Dawn less attention (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). His heart condition was costly, so Bill had to work overtime and begin to spend less time at home (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). Terry was at home with both children day in and day out (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). Darren was a fussy infant, who at time seemed uncontrollable, which stressed Terry (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). Terry begins to see Dawn as older and more independent and able to do things on her own, unlike Darren (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). Dawnstarted acting out at the program she attended (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). When the teacher told Terry, Terry put Dawn in time-out at home because she was embarrassed of her actions (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015).

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