Keywords: institution of general education for young people to allow early acquaintance with parenthood; making it a public affair by means of government subsidies; continuum concept.
Abstract: Model Project "The Emancipation of the Child The Continuum Concept".
The increased body of knowledge that has accumulatet over the past 30 years concerning both, body and mind in the pre-, peri- and postnatal field in humans needs to be put into practice in the form of providing information to help potential parents and future children; this would allow mental illness to be kept to a minimum at a grass-roots level. This should be made the concern of both the government and of society, for which the repercussions of damage in early childhood constitute a considerable financial burden, e.g. in health care and as a result of juvenile delinquency and drug addiction.
For the purposes of preparatory information, the age of 14-16 should mark a break in the long chain of educational principles passed down from one generation to the next. This is an age at which childhood is still fresh in an individual's mind and false treatment at the hands of someone he or she relates to can still be remembered and corrected; moreover, young people of this age are open to new experiences and, most importantly, (excessive) demands are not yet made of them, as the responsibility of parenthood is still far off.
The idea is that a building or an institute should be made available in which young people can spend two weeks. Information and opportunities for discussion are provided concerning the correct treatment that a child needs and expects from conception onwards in accordance with the evolutionary development of human beings. Jean Liedloff's book:"The Continuum Concept" (german title: Auf der Suche, nach dem verlorenen Glück, gegen die Zerstörung unserer Glücksfähigkeit in der frühen Kindheit : In search of lost Happiness, against the Destruction of our Ability to be happy in early Childhood") forms part of the basis for communication. Opportunities for creative activities, such as playing musical instruments, dance, pantomine, painting and modelling in clay, are equally important in order to activate and develop the imaginative potential of participants, something that will later be of benefit to their children.
The team of supervisors is made up of experts from the fields of psychoanalysis/psychotherapy, behavioural biology, gynaecology, art therapy and body therapies.
The preparatory information is designed to enable young people to be able to make a conscious decision at a later stage about whether or not to have children.