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    Theories for Adolescents who Act Out and Family Therapy Strategies

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    Based on adolescents who act out, what would be some theories in addressing children who act out as it relates to strategies of family therapy.

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    Behavior and Family

    How can we understand people best, how do we construct and/or explain the way they think and behave? Socialization proposes that we are the product of all our experiences - the informal learning of culture from our immediate family, the skills acquired by being members of our community and living in the environment we are in as well as by the knowledge and training we acquire from a formal position in schools and such related institutions. For Zastrow & Kirst-Ashman (2012), Socialization, while it is a continuing process throughout life has its most deeply embedded impact in childhood. The environment we grew up in, our realities instill in us fundamental yet complex bits of information like language, values, beliefs, etiquette rules, and behaviors, social expectations - to help us survive and then thrive in society. But culture differs from one people to the next which means that standards differ. If this is the case, what is normal and what is dysfunctional behavior? How do we define that, how do understand why certain behaviors are seen as normal and truly acceptable? I hypothesize that to determine the dynamics and reason behind a person's behavior is by coming to understand their primary socialization - their family environment.


    One of the most problematic issues faced by parents of today is teen rebellion. It is an almost accepted notion that by the time a child hits the adolescent years, the unique confluence of emotions, challenges and hormones shape a personality that is raring to achieve, to go and to experience. Many rebel against their parents as an expression of their personality, a way of establishing identity. According to Cherry (2013), the adolescent years of 12-18 us the stage of Identity vs. Role Confusion based on Erik Erikson's theory of psychosocial development. As per Cherry (2013) - "Teens need to develop a sense of self and personal identity. Success leads to an ...

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    The theories for adolescents who act out and family therapy strategies are determined.