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NCJ Number: 66776 Find in a Library
Title: STRUCTURAL FAMILY ASSESSMENT WITH STATUS OFFENDERS
Journal: CORRECTIVE AND SOCIAL PSYCHIATRY AND JOURNAL OF BEHAVIOR TECHNOLOGY METHODS AND THERAPY  Volume:26  Issue:2  Dated:(1980)  Pages:39-44
Author(s): J F CURRY; B AUTRY; H J HARRIS
Corporate Author: Martin Psychiatric Research Foundation, Inc
Mid-Continent Hospital
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Martin Psychiatric Research Foundation, Inc
Olathe, KS 66061
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: IN THE CLINICAL ASSESSMENT OF ADOLESCENT STATUS OFFENDERS AND THEIR FAMILIES, STATUS OFFENSES ARE CONCEPTUALIZED AS PROBLEMS OF BEHAVIORAL LOSS OF CONTROL WITHIN AN
Abstract: MINUCHIN (1974) HAS DELINEATED THE MAJOR FAMILY SUBSYSTEMS AS SPOUSE, PARENTAL, AND SIBLING SUBSYSTEMS. EACH IS EVALUATED IN TERMS OF THE MAJOR SKILLS REQUIRED FOR ACCOMPLISHMENT OF ITS TASKS AND ITS BOUNDARIES, I.E., THE RULES DEFINING PARTICIPATION IN THE SUBSYSTEM. THE MAJOR SKILLS REQUIRED FOR A SUCCESSFUL SPOUSE SUBSYSTEM ARE COMPLEMENTARITY AND MUTUAL ACCOMMODATION; REQUIRED PARENTAL SKILLS ARE NURTURING, GUIDANCE, AND CONTROL; AND NECESSARY SIBLING MAJOR SKILLS ARE NEGOTIATION, COOPERATION, AND COMPETITION. THREE CASES OF STATUS OFFENDERS ARE ANALYZED BY MEANS OF THE STRUCTURAL MODEL, WHICH CONCEPTUALIZES STATUS OFFENSES AS PROBLEMS OF BEHAVIORAL LOSS OF CONTROL WITHIN A FAMILY SYSTEM. IN EACH CASE, COMMON PATTERNS AND UNIQUE VARIATIONS WERE OBSERVED. IN EACH FAMILY, THE SPOUSE SYSTEM WAS DYSFUNCTIONAL, WITH THE TYPE OF DYSFUNCTION BASED ON EITHER LACK OF COMPLEMENTARITY, HOSTILE COMPLEMENTARITY, OR DOMINANT-SUBMISSIVE COMPLEMENTARITY. IN EACH FAMILY, THE PARENTAL SUBSYSTEM HAD BECOME WEAKENED AS A FUNCTION OF PROBLEMS IN THE SPOUSE SUBSYSTEM. FINALLY, IN EACH FAMILY, THE SIBLING SUBSYSTEM PLAYED A ROLE IN DETERMINING THE STATUS OFFENSE, PRIMARILY THROUGH STRONG IDENTIFICATION OF THE YOUNG STATUS OFFENDER WITH OLDER SIBLINGS WHO REINFORCED THE STATUS OFFENSE. IT IS CONCLUDED THAT STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS IS A VALUABLE ASSESSMENT TOOL BECAUSE IT PLACES THE STATUS OFFENSES IN THE PERSPECTIVE OF SEVERAL INTERACTING SUBSYSTEMS, AND SHOWS AREAS THAT NEED CHANGING IN ORDER TO DEVELOP SELF-CONTROL IN ADOLESCENTS. FOOTNOTES AND SEVEN REFERENCES ARE PROVIDED. (DEG)
Index Term(s): Counseling; Domestic relations; Home environment; Juvenile status offenders; Psychological evaluation
Note: MANUSCRIPT BASED ON A PAPER PRESENTED AT THE 1979 SOUTHEASTERN REGIONAL CONVENTION OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES FOR CHILDREN
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