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ERIC Number: ED112337
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar-23
Pages: 25
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When Children Become Mothers--A Group Therapy Experience with Teenage Single Parents.
Rosenberg, Jo; And Others
This paper examines the problem of teenage women who, because of deep-rooted pathological, psychological reasons, become pregnant repeatedly. All too frequently after giving birth to a series of unwanted, uncared for children these women and their children become psychiatric casualties. Attempts by helping agencies to deal with these adolescents are often unsuccessful. In a large metropolitan hospital the Ob-Gyn and Psychiatric Departments established a group therapy program which utilized "advocacy" as a primary mode of treatment. The group was designed as a quasi-family with the therapists emphasizing their roles as mother surrogates. With the therapists as advocates, feelings of self-esteem were reinforced, and the ability to deal effectively with others was conveyed. Problems were dealt with in a dynamic context by way of the group therapy process and advocacy stance. As a result of this corrective emotional experience in the group, the members have taken good care of themselves and their children. They have been better able to negotiate systems, and have made better use of resources available to them. Group members have also requested continued treatment to deal with "our messes that got us in these troubles." The adoption of this therapeutic stance which emphasized social and psychological advocacy as an expression of good mothering has had many positive results in working with teenage mothers. Such a therapeutic stance has widespread applicability in terms of prevention and treatment. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Orthopsychiatric Association (52nd, Washington, D.C., March 22-24, 1975)