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Leaving Home, 2nd Edition by Jay Haley

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Chapter 7

The Second Stage: Apathy

Young people are institutionalized when they make trouble or when they are apathetic and do nothing. The apathetic youth can be a more difficult problem than the troublemaker. The parents must be organized to do something in both cases, but troublemakers usually force people to organize to deal with them, while the apathetic do not. Many of these young people live at home and do nothing while the parents helplessly wish that something could be done. Yet parents have total power over a young person if they wish to exert it; they can refuse to feed him or give him clothes; they can lock him in a room or out of the house; when the child resists them physically, they can call the police if there is real trouble. ...

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