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Leaving Home, 2nd Edition by Jay Haley

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Chapter 8

The Second Stage: Troublemaking

When a young person has been put in custody because of troublesome behavior, it can be assumed that there is a social cause in the family and community. To institutionalize and medicate someone means putting them on “hold” until they go back into the community to deal with the same issues again. In a certain percentage of cases, the crisis brought about by custody, and the shock and embarrassment of such a situation cause the family to reorganize. Sometimes the young person chooses a different form of adaptive behavior because of the trauma of custody. But in most cases, it can be expected that after a first institutionalization the trouble will recur, often just when the problem person seems to be doing ...

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