Capstone/Dissertation Title

Our lives, our stories: teaching the practice of journaling to urban teenage mothers as a path toward stress reduction and self-knowledge

Term

2009

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Abstract

This qualitative case study explores how the practice of journaling affected specifically the levels of stress for urban teenage mothers, and generally how it affected their lives. Participants were six pregnant teenagers and teenage mothers and one social worker in a classroom within a large urban high school in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This study shares the results from six one-hour classes, held over six weeks. During each session, a writing exercise designed for self-reflection was introduced after which students wrote for 20 consecutive minutes on the suggested topic or topic of their choosing.

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