Reparation by proxy: Experiences of working with pregnant teenagers and adolescent mothers

Hurley, Anne (2010) Reparation by proxy: Experiences of working with pregnant teenagers and adolescent mothers. Journal of Child Psychotherapy, 36 (2). pp. 101-118. ISSN 0075-417X

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This paper describes brief work with pregnant teenagers, adolescent mothers, their infants and their wider families, a group who would not ordinarily seek treatment in child and adolescent mental health services. The work takes place in a community context in London and includes a home visiting service for young people unable to attend appointments in an advanced stage of pregnancy or in the early weeks of new motherhood. Accounts of emotional deprivation, disrupted care and separation in early childhood are often a feature of the history of many of these adolescents. Two case examples are considered in some detail. It is argued that for some young people, embarking on parenthood in adolescence is accompanied by the displaced attempt at repairing their own early relationships, as an alternative to the painful work of mourning.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adolescence, Parenting, Teenage Pregnancy, Separation, Generational Confusion, Brief Work, Unresolved Mourning
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Adolescents - Psychotherapy
Families > Childbirth
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
Depositing User: Ms Linda Dolben
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2010 16:34
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2016 10:28
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/419

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