Chapter 10

A Chronic Case

When a young person has difficulty in leaving home, the family may struggle with the issue for many years. The repeating cycle of home-to-institution-to-home becomes chronic. Both family members and social control agents become weary and exasperated with the problem, but it continues. If the problem person is a troublemaker, some institutions refuse to readmit him, forcing the family to shop around until it finds a place that will accept him. The financially well-off family sometimes proceeds from more expensive to less expensive private hospitals and finally to state hospitals, where the custody is at public expense. When a mental hospital cycle is involved, the psychiatrists typically medicate the problem person, even ...

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