THE UNMARRIED MOTHER IN OUR SOCIETY by Sara B. Edlin

THE UNMARRIED MOTHER IN OUR SOCIETY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A summing up of some forty years' experience as director of the Lakeview Home for unwed mothers reveals not only a new orientation towards this problem but the changes in social attitudes and aids which have been effected. And so, from the physical improvement of the home, a cheerless place when she first arrived there, to the introduction of an educational program and recreational facilities, Mrs. Edlin deals with the sad situation of the unmarried mother in terms of the background from which she derives as well as the future she will face; the pattern of the girl who has been rejected, or overprotected, and whose immature resentment of the parent-child relationship has led to this. The reactions of the family; of the father of the child; and finally the disposition of the baby with the increasing trend toward adoption, and the reversal of her own point of view since she has found that helping a girl to keep her baby has not been ultimately constructive for either the girl or the child.... Those concerned, primarily social and welfare workers, will find this study enlightened and experienced.

Pub Date: April 19th, 1954
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Young