Adolescent Breakdown and Beyond by Moses Laufer

By Moses Laufer

This is often the second one monograph released via Karnac Books on behalf of the Brent Adolescent Centre/Centre for examine into Adolescent Breakdown. Drawing at the Centre's exact pool of craftsmanship within the box, it comprises papers giving updated psychodynamic views on adolescent breakdown through major scientific specialists. those conceal a number of issues, similar to the differing advancements in female and male youngsters, and the actual difficulties of psychotherapeutic intervention with them. it is usually the complaints of a convention at the topic held in October 1995. the following the problems of adolescent breakdown are mentioned within the wider context which employees within the being concerned professions needs to reflect on. total, the publication presents a concise, modern evaluation of an issue whose significance is more and more being well-known either inside and out the psychotherapeutic community.

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Anthony Bateman, Debbie Bandler Bellman, Gabrielle Crockatt, Maxim de Sauma, Domenico di Ceglie, Sara Flanders, Maurice H. Friedman, Christopher Gibson, Kevin Healy, M. Egle Laufer, Kamil Mehra, Joan Schachter, Nicholas Temple, Peter Wilson

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2, A l e s s e n i n g of e m o t i o n a l d e p e n d e n c e o n o n e ' s p a r e n t s , a n d a realistic a p p r e c i a t i o n of their s t r e n g t h s a n d w e a k n e s s e s . T h e d e t a c h m e n t f r o m the p a r e n t a l i m a g e s frees the p e r s o n to f o r m l o v i n g r e l a t i o n s h i p s o u t s i d e the f a m i l y , a n d the i n t e r i o r i z a t i o n of s e l e c t i v e a s p e c t s of their c h a r a c t e r e n r i c h e s h i s p e r s o n a l i t y .

They keep their thoughts to themselves, and it is only by recognizing disturbances in the non-sexual areas such as a drop in academic performance, moodiness, preoccupation with physical illness, withdrawal from the company of others, unprovoked out­ bursts of temper, and so on that one can guess at the underlying disturbance. When the individual is able to accept the changes in the body and has succeeded in exchanging the target of his sexual desires from the parents to people outside the family, he is capable of forming loving attachments.

The change of the image of the parents, furthermore, leads to a modification of the young man's ideals and values. Thus far, his ideals have been based either on a total accept­ ance of the parents' values, or they have been shaped by feelings of rivalry or competition with them; now they are accepted only if they are useful to him. The process of detachment from the parents is not an easy one, either for the adolescent or his parents. The parents experience the adolescent's challenge of their authority as perverse behaviour; 20 KAMIL MEHRA they see him as selfish and uncaring, and then often worry about the final outcome of his development.

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