Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 33, Issue 4, pp 419–431 | Cite as

Treatment of a Traumatized Adolescent Mother and her Two-Year Old Son

  • Hillary A. Mayers
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Abstract

This paper will describe selected aspects of the treatment of a traumatized adolescent mother and her two-year old son to illustrate how strengthening secure attachment, response flexibility, stress regulation and reflective function can be used therapeutically, to intervene in intergenerational cycles of despair and dysfunction. This strengths-based intervention makes use of videotapes, and individual and dyadic therapies in the context of the Chances for Children Teen Parent Infant Project, a collaboration between a local Department of Education infant-care program and a psychoanalytic training institute, the Institute for Child, Adolescent and Family Studies (ICAFS).

Key words

attachment parent–infant psychotherapy teen parenting 

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