By Moses Laufer
This is often the second one monograph released by way of Karnac Books on behalf of the Brent Adolescent Centre/Centre for study into Adolescent Breakdown. Drawing at the Centre's distinctive pool of workmanship within the box, it includes papers giving updated psychodynamic views on adolescent breakdown by means of best medical specialists. those hide a number issues, corresponding to the differing advancements in female and male teens, and the actual difficulties of psychotherapeutic intervention with them. it is also the lawsuits of a convention at the topic held in October 1995. right here the problems of adolescent breakdown are mentioned within the wider context which staff within the being concerned professions needs to contemplate. total, the ebook offers a concise, modern evaluate of a subject whose significance is more and more being famous either in and out the psychotherapeutic community.
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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He had tried to mix with young men and women of his own age, but he gave it up because he could not eat with them. He had restricted his diet to a few items of food and was afraid to try new foods, as he felt ill after eating them. From his description of his current life, it appeared that he was totally preoccupied with his illness. Although he talked only about the distressing feelings in his stomach, I had a strong impression that he per ceived his body as damaged and decaying, and that he had to hide it from others.
The conflict that exists within any adolescent between strivings towards adulthood on the one hand and the opposite wish to re main a child on the other accounts for many of the fluctuating and PROBLEMS IN WORKING WITH ADOLESCENTS 43 contradictory phases of behaviour through which the adolescent passes. These can change with bewildering rapidity, causing dis tress, perplexity, and anger in those who are trying to help him, whether they be parents, teachers, probation officers, or therapists. But we hope to show that, in fact, this behaviour is related to the developmental process in a way that is logical and, to some extent, predictable.
Furthermore, in order to avoid having any feelings about them, he thinks that he is a homo sexual. Dan is too ashamed to admit that he has disappointed his father by not becoming a scholar. However, his unsettled mode of life and frequent changes of jobs are his way of pun ishing himself for not meeting his parents' expectations. Bob, Charles, and Dan would, in terms of their age and physi cal development, be considered as adults. In their psychological development, however, they are similar to the disturbed adoles cents we see daily in our work at the Centre.