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ERIC Number: EJ867898
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1089-5701
Why Focusing on Control Backfires: A Systems Perspective
VanderVen, Karen
Reclaiming Children and Youth, v17 n4 p8-12 2009
This article attempts to replicate how Fritz Redl and David Wineman might have handled an "unmade bed" situation with the youngsters at Pioneer House, the treatment program in Detroit that was the subject of their classic work, "The Aggressive Child" (1957) which encompassed two books, "Children Who Hate" and "Controls from Within." There were no point and level systems at Pioneer House. Nor were there the insights from dynamical systems theory that have provided completely different insights and altered practices in behavioral sciences (e.g., Butz, 1997). Both the past (the work of Redl and Wineman) and the present (non-linear dynamical systems theory) offer perspectives that show the ineffectiveness of point and level systems and lead towards relational and activity oriented approaches in development of internal controls. In this article, the author focuses on some of the concepts of dynamical systems theory that are particularly applicable to understanding the dynamics of control approaches such as point and level systems in child and youth work and provides still another rationale for their ineffectiveness.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan