Journal of Poetry Therapy

, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 67–76 | Cite as

Poetry Therapy in a Women’s Growth Group on the Mother-Daughter Relationship

  • Gen Giebel Chavis
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Abstract

This article sets forth the goals and format of a 12-week women’s growth group that explored the issues and features common to the mother-daughter connection during the various stages of the life-cycle. The author focuses on the ways in which she incorporated poetry reading and writing activities into the group experience and describes several vignettes that illustrate how poetry functions as an effective medium for tapping memories, fostering spontaneity, evoking feelings, stimulating insights, and helping group members generate alternative attitudes and behavior in relation to their mothers and/or daughters.

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gen Giebel Chavis
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EnglishCollege of Saint CatherineSaint PaulUSA
  2. 2.The Humanist Psychotherapy CenterUSA

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