Working with Teenage Parents: Handbook of Theory and Practice

Author(s) : Joan Raphael-Leff

Working with Teenage Parents: Handbook of Theory and Practice

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Includes DVD of Observation clips.

For practitioners working with pregnant teenagers, young parents and their children.

Parenting, like adolescence, is a profoundly disturbing experience, demanding new competencies whilst stirring up urgent conflicts and unresolved issues. When adolescence and parenthood coincide, the pressure can be overwhelming. Not surprisingly, teenage mothers have a threefold rate of postnatal distress.

However, this dual emotional upheaval also offers mothers and fathers a "second chance" - to renegotiate painful anxieties and deprivations of their own childhoods, thereby cultivating a capacity for reflectiveness and more empathy for the child in their care. This internal transformation is enabled by caring practitioners who understand that in order to foster developmental processes in the baby or toddler, the young parent's own developmental needs must be met too.

This Handbook can be read for self-study, or for group work. It consists of three parts:

* A Theoretical Textbook: including individual and interactive activities

* A Training Pack: with a DVD of clips for observation, expanded notes, readings, appendices, handouts, feedback forms and a glossary of concepts.

* A Manual: to enable the training to be run by a local in-house leader for an interdisciplinary group of practitioners working in this field.

About the Author(s)

Joan Raphael-Leff, PhD, psychoanalyst (fellow, British Psychoanalytical Society) and social psychologist, leads the UCL/Anna Freud Centre academic faculty for psychoanalytic research. Previously, she was head of University College London's MSc in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology, and professor of psychoanalysis at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex. For 35 years she has specialized in emotional issues of reproduction and early parenting, with more than 100 single-author peer-reviewed publications, and twelve books. Founder and first international chair of COWAP (IPA's Committee on Women and Psychoanalysis) in 1998, she provides training for practitioners working with teenage parents, and is consultant to perinatal and women's projects in many high and low income countries.

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