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Leaving Home, 2nd Edition by Jay Haley

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Chapter 12

A Model Therapy for Psychotic Young People

Jay Haley and Neil P. Schiff1

The prevailing ideology regarding the origin and treatment of schizophrenia assumes that it is a chronic, long-term disease, probably transmitted genetically, and that it is evoked by stressful interaction between the person and the environment. Current treatment includes medication to modify the symptoms of schizophrenia and a psychiatric rehabilitation approach, which includes creating a supportive environment by engaging the patient’s family. The family is educated to think of schizophrenia as a chronic, longterm illness which is probably incurable and has episodic acute phases. The family is asked to exhibit patience, limited expectations since the patient ...

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