Vignette of “Jorge”

(A Representative Case for Study)
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Psychology book series (BRIEFSPSYCHOL)


Ted and Beth were childless and in their late 30s when they decided to adopt. Beth had postponed pregnancy, determined to earn an advanced degree in linguistics, to build her academic career in foreign languages, and to extend her networking possibilities as a translator. Ted transitioned to a job as an athletics coach after achieving his bachelor’s in English literature, not his original aspiration, but rewarding enough in his early career. With local downsizing of the public school, he was compelled to search for new opportunity and eventually landed a job with a landscaping firm. Recently business was slow, but at least the family would not have to move. Over 10 years of marriage without dependents, Ted and Beth were financially secure with their combined salaries and were comfortable with the monthly bills. The Smiths were also happy as a couple, though Beth was aware of Ted’s wish for a child and his effort at “not bringing up the subject.” Generally they handled the subject with the unwritten rule of “avoiding the subject” or at least maintaining a courteous consideration of each other’s feelings. They often reflected that they were lucky as a couple, sharing, for example, their enjoyment of a rural town and many of the same friends from childhood.


Autistic Spectrum Disorder Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Foster Care Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Symptom 
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