ERIC Number: ED204429
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Unitas: Hispanic and Black Children in a Healing Community. Monograph No. 6.
Farber, Anne; Rogler, Lloyd H.
Unitas, a therapeutic community outreach program serving Hispanic and black children in the South Bronx, New York, is described in this ethnographic study. The first chapter of this monograph describes the organizational structure of Unitas including the ordering of the program's activities and the composition of the staff, teenage workers, and participating children. Chapter 2 describes the concept of psychological healing and the interpersonal methodologies Unitas uses to promote healing: the therapeutic community modality and psychotherapy. A discussion of the specific therapeutic systems and techniques developed by Unitas to treat its children is found in Chapter 3. Chapter 4 traces the beginnings of Unitas to its roots in the history of the community mental health movement. Chapter 5 discusses the justification for the creation of the symbolic family structure used by Unitas, clarifies its workings and hierarchical structure, and describes its impact on its teenage workers and children. The final chapter discusses the success of Unitas as a mental health program and the feasibility and desirability of replicating such a program. (Author/MK)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Black Youth, Children, Elementary Secondary Education, Group Therapy, Group Unity, Helping Relationship, Hispanic Americans, Interpersonal Relationship, Mental Health Programs, Outreach Programs, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Psychological Services, Psychotherapy, Therapeutic Environment
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD. Center for Minority Group Mental Health Programs.
Authoring Institution: Fordham Univ., Bronx, NY. Hispanic Research Center.
Identifiers: New York (Bronx)