Garbarino J, Schellenbach CJ, Sebes JM. 1986. Troubled youth, troubled families. Hawthorne, NY: Aldine de Gruyter, 356 pp.
Annotation: This book, evolving from work done on an NCCAN grant at Penn State University, is based on an in-depth study of 64 families from 1981 through 1983, conducted to understand the origin, dynamics and outcomes of abuse and neglect in the lives of the adolescents involved. This 'Family Intervention Project' investigated psychological and social aspects of two-parent families coping with adolescents' behavior, ranging from normal to seriously pathological. The study focused on the degree to which parent adolescent relations were at risk for emotional or physical abuse. The book provides some theories concerning adolescent maltreatment, and concerning child abuse and juvenile delinquency. The concept of high risk is presented and defined as are the measurement tools for determining that high risk and the resulting characteristics of high risk families. Factors of adolescent competence, behavior problems, socioeconomic stress, changes in family structure (as in step-families) are explored. Current interventions, prevention strategies with parents, support strategies for adolescents are discussed. Future prospects and programs for intervention are presented along with current evaluations or indicated needs for evaluation. A final chapter discusses the investigators' prognosis for troubled adolescents in troubled families.
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Keywords: Adolescents, Alcohol abuse, Behavioral sciences, Child abuse, Clinical medicine, Counseling, Crisis intervention, Drug abuse, Family violence, Injury prevention, Physical abuse, Research, Risk factors, Socioeconomic status, Survey tools