ERIC Number: ED036952
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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Out of Wedlock Pregnancy: What Happens Next?
Busfield, Bernard L., Jr.; And Others
Based on three studies of unwed mothers, a demonstration project was designed to provide information concerning the problems of adapting to the community following a maternity home experience. Ten girls from one home were selected for group therapy. Six case studies are provided which include a case summary, psychiatric interview, assessment of group psychotherapy, psychological evaluation, and psychiatric followup. Case summaries are also presented for control subjects and program dropouts. Of the 18 girls (controls and experimentals), not one became pregnant again during the 2 year study. Only one girl had a close relationship with her parents; many saw themselves as loners and were unable to communicate deep feelings by words. Of the six therapy group members who remained in the program for a full year, all showed a significant increase in self esteem; girls in the experimental group also improved. Eight salient factors are considered which seemed to operate in the successful rehabilitation of the mothers after their return from a maternity home. (RJ)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Case Studies, Counseling Effectiveness, Emotional Adjustment, Exceptional Child Services, Group Dynamics, Group Therapy, Interpersonal Relationship, Parent Child Relationship, Participant Characteristics, Personality, Psychological Evaluation, Psychotherapy, Self Concept, Unwed Mothers
Crittenton Hastings House, 10 Perthshire Road, Boston, Massachusetts 02135 ($1.75)
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Authoring Institution: Crittenton Hastings House, Boston, MA.