Teenage Pregnancy: The Interaction of Psyche and Culture by Anne L. Dean
Unmarried teenage pregnancy is a national problem - and a mystery to doctors and social psychologists. How do we understand a pattern of behavior that has strong motivations but is…
Teenage Pregnancy synopsis
Unmarried teenage pregnancy is a national problem - and a mystery to doctors and social psychologists. How do we understand a pattern of behavior that has strong motivations but is likely to end in deplorable outcomes? Moreover, why is unwanted teenage pregnancy pattern repeated in successive generations in some families, despite education and previous experience, while the pattern in the other family is broken? Ann Diane, which deals with intense social and psychological research in a rural American-American community in Louisiana, provides a convincing view of this phenomenon that combines historical and economic analysis with a delicate psychological investigation into the minds of mothers and daughters and the patterns of communication between them.
Teenage Pregnancy: Psychosocial interaction goes beyond previous investigations by bypassing traditional research strategies to test psychodynamic theories about the formation of inner worlds. Drawing on the work of Erik Erikson and Hans Loewald, Dean not only found empirical justification for the psycho-dynamic theories of psychological structure, but also expanded the scope and methodology of attachment research in an exciting new direction.
Specifically, her analysis reveals how different types of attachment relationships between mothers and daughters themselves appear in adolescence as internal business models that serve as templates for interpreting and contrasting economic, social and family expectations. By explaining how social factors and cultural schemes interact with drivers and dynamic dynamics, teenage pregnancy is broadly applicable to social science research in general.
It gives doctors with a dynamic psychological orientation who work with adolescents an opportunity to get a better understanding of the ways in which mother-daughter relationships gain expression in identity choices for teenage girls.
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