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ERIC Number: ED001531
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964-Oct
Pages: 11
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REACHING GIRLS AND THEIR FAMILIES.
ALLEN, NARCIA
AFTER WORKING WITH ADOLESCENT, NEGRO GIRLS FROM 12 TO 20 YEARS OF AGE, ONE SOCIAL WORKER MADE SEVERAL OBSERVATIONS ON THE GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THESE GIRLS. ABOUT 60 PERCENT OF THE GIRLS ARE IN PERPETUAL MOVEMENT AND THEIR ATTENTION SPAN IS VERY SHORT. MANY OF THE GIRLS HAVE VERY INDIRECT AND LIMITED COMMUNICATION WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT AMONG THEIR CLOSE ASSOCIATES. CONFLICTS BETWEEN THE GIRLS AND THEIR FAMILIES ARE OFTEN SO INTENSE THAT CASEWORKERS FIND IT DIFFICULT TO GET TO KNOW THE FAMILIES THROUGH THE GIRLS OR TO ARRANGE A MEETING WITH THE MOTHER. MOST HOMES ARE FATHERLESS. SEVERAL STEPS ARE FOLLOWED BY A CASEWORKER AS SHE TRIES TO CONTACT AND HELP GIRLS IN NEED. AFTER FIRST REACHING THE GIRL, IT IS BEST FOR THE SOCIAL WORKER TO TELL HER THE TRUTH AND LET HER KNOW THAT SHE IS THERE TO HELP HER. THE NEXT STEP IS TO HAVE THE GIRLS TALK SUBJECTIVELY ABOUT THEMSELVES AND THEIR COMPLAINTS AGAINST DIFFERENT ADULTS, TEACHERS, AND MEMBERS OF FAMILY. IT IS THEN POSSIBLE TO PLAN WHOLESOME ACTIVITIES - SOCIAL, CULTURAL, AND SPIRITUAL - TO INFORM THE GIRLS OF WHAT IS REALLY HAPPENING OUTSIDE OF THEIR IMMEDIATE NEIGHBORHOOD. THERE ARE SEVERAL CHANGES WHICH CAN BE NOTICED IN THE GIRLS AFTER WORKING WITH THE SOCIAL WORKER FOR SEVERAL YEARS. THEY ARE ABLE TO TALK ABOUT EACH OTHER, IN THE GROUP AND OUTSIDE, WITHOUT FIGHTING. THEY HAVE MADE A CHANGE IN THEIR ABILITY TO POSTPONE SATISFACTIONS AND TO TOLERATE FRUSTRATION. A NEW CONCEPT OF TIME, HOW TO SPEND TIME WISELY AND TO PLAN TIME SCHEDULES, IS ALSO A WORTHWHILE CHANGE OBSERVED.
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Authoring Institution: Boston Univ., MA. Law-Medicine Research Inst.
Identifiers: Massachusetts (Boston)