Chapter 3

Social Control and Therapy

When young people are put in institutions, they have in common the fact that they are failures. They are not succeeding in work or school and must be supported. However, the problem they present when they come to community attention is not that of failure. They are locked up because they disturb the public with behavior that indicates hallucinations or delusions, take heroin or other illegal drugs, steal or otherwise break the law, or because their parents say they cannot control them. Some of them threaten to harm themselves or others, and some behave in lost, neglected, and helpless ways. All of them require that the community do something about them. The people who take that action are agents of social ...

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