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Don't Blame Teen-Ager for Parents' Shortcomings

October 25, 1992

In working with youth during the past 20 years, I have rarely encountered a troubled adolescent who didn't have even more troubled parents.

Programs that specialize in such treatments as dragging teen-agers out of their homes, locking them in windowless basements and "behavior modifying" for months cannot demonstrate long-term success because they fail to address the root causes of youth problems.

No parent should be able to commit a child to a locked treatment facility until a court-supervised assessment of the causes of the problems has been done.

MIKE MALES

Los Angeles

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