Medicine, Mind and Adolescence 1996, XI,2
Counselling families faced with the crisis of adolescence
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The family is of vital importance for the equilibrium and development of adolescents. On the one hand, the failure to take into account the family, with its inner mechanisms and its problems, means that an important tool for helping adolescents with their difficulties is being ignored. On the other hand, it often happens that the problems of adolescence can be caused by the fact that parents find it difficult to accept the sexual maturation of adolescents and their need for individuality and freedom.
In this paper three typical profiles of adolescents are reported; these young people were analysed at their parents’ request because of their supposed deviant or difficult behaviour. In all these cases my contribution consisted of:
I am, therefore, convinced that it is vitally important that action should be taken together with the parents to find solutions to the distress of youth.
(Paper presented at the Second International Congress of Adolescentology Milan ’94 : Adolescence and Family, Milan, Italy, November 18-19, 1994).
Key Words: family, counselling, adolescence, crisis.
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