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Adolescence and Breakdown

1st Edition

Edited by Simon Meyerson


138 pages

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In this volume and its companion Adolescence: The Crises of Adjustment, originally published in 1975, members of the Adolescent Department at the Tavistock Clinic and of the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, together with other leading experts on the subject, present a unique study of adolescence.

Of all living species only human beings go through a period of adolescence – and because the conflicting influences that adolescents encounter both within themselves and in the outside world are so complex, even normal adolescence is a time of crises and adjustment.

While Adolescence: The Crises of Adjustment is devoted to the dynamics and complexities of ‘normal adolescence’, the present volume traces what happens when the crises of adolescence are not sufficiently well negotiated. The topics debated and explored include: emotional conflicts; educational drop-outs; social conflict; delinquency; acting-out, rebellion and violence; drugs; depression and suicide; individual treatment; family therapy.

Table of Contents

Foreword. 1. Problems of Adolescence A. Hyatt Williams 2. Adolescence and Dropping Out Shiona Hyatt Williams 3. Adolescence and Delinquency Simon Meyerson 4. Acting-Out, Rebellion and Violence Arturo Varchevker and Brian Muir 5. Adolescence and Drugs Martyn Gay 6. Some Observations on Depression and Suicide in Adolescents Bill Allchin 7. Adolescence and Individual Treatment John Byng-Hall 8. Conjoint Family Therapy John Byng-Hall. Index.

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Adolescence

Routledge Library Editions: Adolescence brings together as one set, or individual volumes, a small series of previously out-of-print titles, originally published between 1975 and 1999. The set covers a variety of issues that may arise in adolescence: from developmental changes and family/parental relationships to more serious problems such as depression, trauma and abuse.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / Adolescent
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Child & Adolescent
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis