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ERIC Number: ED435897
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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Family Intervention Training Programs in Russia and Eastern European Countries.
Schatz, Mona Struhsaker; Salz, Michael
This paper describes the experiences of a psychologist and social worker trainer from 1992-1995 as she traveled throughout Post-Peristroika Russia and Eastern Europe working with families. The author describes how being in another country caused her to adjust her notions of what is "normal," and she discusses how culture contributes to who we are. The paper briefly discusses the work of Virginia Satir, the mother of family systems theory, in this part of the world during the 1980's. The following impressions of the atmosphere were observed by the author: As Eastern European countries and Russia undergo dramatic political, economic, and social shifts, every aspect of family and personal life is affected. Today, reports indicate high levels of crime and violence among youth. There are great stresses for families because of limited family resources. There are more concerns about acting out behaviors among teens. Some of the programs which are said to have served young people well, such as Pioneer camps in the summer are now gone. Parents, especially because of their memories of Pioneer Camp, express their disappointment in this change. As these roles and family functions change the multi-generation family may be at risk but attentive parenting continues to remain strong. Social work, believed unnecessary in the former Communist republic, is now an emerging profession in these countries. The author discusses her part in helping to advance this profession during her travels. (MKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Albania; Hungary; Latvia; Romania; Russia