Addressing Cutoff in Residential Care of Distubed Adolescents
16 pages, 2001
Our society views some families as toxic. In them, children fail to
thrive or become overtly ill in a variety of ways. When the children get
far enough from the norm in physical, mental/emotional or social
symptoms, or parental abuse or neglect comes to light, society's way of
trying to lend a hand to the child is to remove the child from the home.
The initiative described was an attempt to resist the usual
anti-parent, pro-cutoff tendency often prevalent in societal agencies
that deal with children. In a community residential treatment setting
the staff intentionally tried to assist families and adolescent
daughters to bridge their actual, potential and developing cutoffs. The
results supported a hypothesis derived from Bowen family systems theory
that as people lessen their cutoff postures their symptoms improve.