Experiential Family Therapy Case Study
Case Analysis of Theresa Jimmie Cross
Glenda J. Chandler
Theresa Cross was born in Sacramento, California on March 12, 1946. She was the youngest child in her family. Bill and Clara Tapp are from their mother’s previous marriage. Rosemary and Theresa were the daughters of Jim and Swannie Cross. Both Jim and Swannie gave preference to boys and Jim was rather disappointed that he only had daughters. Jim wanted a son to carry on his name. He charged Clara $60.00 a month for room and board in their home. Clara was also made to care for her two younger half-sisters while their mother worked. “Sometimes she was forced to stay home from school for weeks at a time” …show more content…
69). Theresa and Estelle never married but did live together. Their time together was short because she cheated on him with his best friend. She used Estelle for a babysitter while she went out all night.
Theresa married her second husband, Robert Knorr, in 1966. She was 6 or 7 months pregnant with Robert’s child. Robert was 17 and Theresa was 20. Theresa and Robert had four children: Suesan in 1966, William in 1967, Robert in 1968, and Theresa (Terry) in 1970. Jim Cross lived with Robert and Theresa from the moment they were married, due to his declining health. When her oldest son was 3, Theresa often left her invalid father to care for her children while she went out for the night. They divorced in 1970. Theresa told her ex-husband that she intended to teach her daughters to hate men. She often made up stories to tell her husband. At one time, she told him that she had been drugged and raped by 4 or 5 men. Then Theresa accused Robert of hiring those men. She liked being the center of attention.
Theresa met her third husband while she was working as a waitress at a topless bar, Ron Pulliam. This was the first husband she had who provided a steady income, which is what she thought she was really looking for. He also treated Theresa’s six children as his own. They were married in 1971 and divorced in 1972. Ron suspected she was seeing another man. Her fourth husband was Chester Harris whom she married in 1976 just three days after meeting him. This