Families in crisis : an educational/therapeutic support group

Herbert, Bronwyn (1996). Families in crisis : an educational/therapeutic support group Master's Thesis, School of Social Work and Applied Human Sciences, The University of Queensland.

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Author Herbert, Bronwyn
Thesis Title Families in crisis : an educational/therapeutic support group
School, Centre or Institute School of Social Work and Applied Human Sciences
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1996
Thesis type Master's Thesis
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Supervisor Norman Smith
Total pages 195
Language eng
Subjects 1607 Social Work
Formatted abstract
Parents who have been economically, emotionally and socially disadvantaged frequently have difficulty in parenting their children. Conditions that these families experience such as, poverty, homelessness, social isolation, poor health care, educational failure, family conflict, and the parents' own childhood of abuse and neglect are all recognised as factors which contribute to stress and increase the risk of child abuse and neglect. These families are often unable to meet their children's needs.

It is apparent from the literature that few programs are aimed at meeting the specific needs of families in crisis, and that parents with long standing problems do not respond well to current parenting programs. This research involves the development, implementation and evaluation of a Parents' Support Group aimed at parents who have 'multi-problems'. The program included a therapeutic element within a program of parent education and life skills to help parents deal with anger, grief and hurts from the past. The program was designed to help parents recognise their own and their children's needs, use their strengths to achieve new goals, parent their children more safely, and reduce their isolated positions.

The program was conducted over a ten week period with families who were referred for supported accommodation because they were homeless and in crisis. The effectiveness of the program was assessed using questionaries at three points in time. Results indicate that positive changes occurred for parents as a result of the Support Group. The research found that the parents needed information, therapy and support to overcome the effects of the disadvantages they have experienced.

It can be concluded from the results of this study that such a program for families in crisis can bring positive changes in the parents' attitudes and behaviour, enabling them to feel better about themselves, enjoy improved relationships with others, parent their children more safely and set realistic goals for their future. Importantly, the intervention may provide a means of breaking the intergenerational cycle of disadvantage, abuse and neglect.
Keyword Parenting
Life skills
Family social work
Family psychotherapy

Document type: Thesis
Collection: UQ Theses (non-RHD) - Open Access
 
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