If may be necessary to negotiate with the husband to make
slight changes to help his wife. The couple may be encouraged
to appreciate each others' positive aspects and also communicate
their needs to each other eg. the wife may want the husband
to spend more time at home, while the husband may want her
to be more organized at house work or decrease her nagging.
Outcomes: A family with 7
children displays adject poverty. But the house is quite organized
and the children look quite healthy and clean. Mother is aged
49 years. All the children are attending school except last
one who goes to Anganawadi centre. Mother is a housemaid and
cannot take very good care of her children. Father though
helps economically to a certain extent, is passive. The mother
feels overburdened and gets upset easily. She shouts at her
husband, children, is irritable most of the time. But despite
all this she sees that her children attend school regularly.
She feels that she has too many children and too much work
because of which she cannot look after the children and house
- Abject poverty
- Overcrowding, lack of spacing and birth control.
- Passive Father
- Children are attending school/good health and cleanliness
- Organized home.
- Mother supplementing income.
- Coping potential of the mother.
- Mother's concern about the children.
Entry Point: To show the
mother how much she is already doing for her children and
home despite all her difficulties. She must be appreciated
for this. Using her concern for children as an entry point,
you may further look into the other problems. She has enough
justification for getting upset and irritable with so many
problems. But she can be demonstrated how it might adversely
affected the development of her children.
Intervention Plan: In this
family, the mother has a relatively high degree of irritability.
To reduce this, her routine may be enquired into, in detail.
The worker, may help her to plan her routine properly so that
she will not