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Leaving Home, 2nd Edition by Jay Haley

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Chapter 2

A Family Orientation

There is a group of young people who behave in unusual and bizarre ways, frightening the community by unpredictable and unsocial behavior. They talk to imaginary people, or behave in agitated and seemingly random ways, or wander the earth as vagrants, or waste their lives obtaining and taking drugs and alcohol, or commit such unreasonable criminal acts as stealing unneeded objects. These young people typically go to one of two extremes of behavior: they make trouble, or they are apathetic and helpless and will not do anything to support themselves. At either extreme they bring community agents of social control into the lives of their families. What is most characteristic of such young people is that they are failures: ...

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