ERIC Number: ED098451
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Identity Groups with American Indian Adolescents.
Hammerschlag, Carl A.
The struggle for self discovery is the major task of adolescent development. That struggle can be magnified by certain psychosocial forces which retard such ego identity development. American Indians share a centuries old, psychohistorical experience of massive disenfranchisement, powerlessness, and enforced dependency. Its symptomatic legacy is family disintegration, unemployment, alcoholism, and other suicidal behavior. For American Indian adolescents, who see such manifestations in their parents and tribes, it often triggers an unusually stormy adolescent struggle. The anticipated alienation, disorientation, and confusion of adolescence becomes magnified in the face of such negative identifications. This paper outlines a small group experience and the issues with which these young people deal, its efficacy and outcome. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (New York, New York, February 1974)