ERIC Number: ED253340
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Adolescent's Separation from Their Families. Unit for Child Studies Selected Papers Number 36.
Based on the family systems approach to therapeutic intervention, the first part of this paper develops themes of adolescent development in family contexts. Specific attention is given to adolescents' relationships with their parents, their role in the family, the way in which they develop within this role, and the ways such development affects them in relation to society as a whole. In subsequent discussion, emphasis shifts to situations resulting in unusual, irregular adolescent development. Particular attention is given to adolescents who have difficulty in separating from their families, who separate in destructive ways, or who develop deviant social roles. Overall, themes are developed as they relate to atypical families. The terminology of "normal" and "abnormal" is avoided on the grounds that it implies an invalid way of looking at adolescent development and the various themes that emerge in this process. In addition, personal identity is viewed as exhibiting both individual characteristics and the social function of control. Processes of "delegation" and "binding" of adolescents in family contexts are described and illustrated. In conclusion, common causes of adolescent depression and the nature and concomitants of the defense mechanism of "acting out" are delineated. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New South Wales Univ., Kensington (Australia). School of Education.
Identifiers: Defense Mechanisms; Family Systems Theory
Note: For related documents, see ED 204 029-037, ED 212 382-390, ED 250 087-098, and PS 014 893-897. Paper based on seminar presented at the Unit for Child Studies (Kensington, Australia, August 1984).