Early intervention for building productive roles in the post institutional life of adolescent girls: a case study from Kerala, India

Karalam, Sheeja Remani B., and Francis, Abraham (2012) Early intervention for building productive roles in the post institutional life of adolescent girls: a case study from Kerala, India. In: Pulla, Venkat, Chenoweth, Lesley, Francis, Abraham, and Bakaj, Stefan, (eds.) Papers in Strengths Based Practice. Allied Publishers, New Delhi, India, pp. 257-266.

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This article discusses case studies of 15 institutionalized adolescent girls in Kerala, India. The studies focus on the effectiveness of the psychological well-being intervention program in their post institutional life. The intervention program was designed and implemented in 2008 to strengthen institutionalized adolescent girl's personality, help them to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life and assist them to develop the qualities in achieving a better womanhood. In 2011 a case study was conducted among 15 adolescent girls who had participated in the intervention program in 2008 that brought out evidences on sustainability of the effectiveness of the psychosocial well-being intervention program after four years of implementation amid these adolescent girls (now they are entering in early adulthood i.e. 18-23 years). The study showed that a well implemented psychosocial well-being program can bring forth positive results irrespective of environmental limitations under which it is implemented. The analysis shows that, these adolescent girls developed more active and balanced personalities, were goal oriented, more health and hygienic conscious, improved their academic performances, continued their studies, joined for vocational courses, started working at hospitals as supportive staff, and learned spoken English and computer applications. The authors argue that the quality of post institutional life can be improved by early intervention services.

Item ID: 25555
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-81-8424-810-4
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2013 23:20
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160701 Clinical Social Work Practice @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 30%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940105 Childrens/Youth Services and Childcare @ 70%
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