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May 1960

Impulsivity in Adolescents and Its Therapeutic Management

Author Affiliations

Worcester, Mass.
Worcester Youth Guidance Center (Dr. Weinreb, Director; Dr. Counts, Assistant Director).

AMA Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1960;2(5):548-558. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1960.03590110072009

The Problem  The impulsive, acting-out adolescent is one of the most distressing and urgent types of cases about which the child psychiatrist is likely to be consulted. As a rule, the parents feel completely helpless when it comes to controlling these youngsters and equally helpless when it comes to understanding them. The behavior pattern in most instances has continued for many years, usually since an early age. With the onset of adolescence the behavior usually becomes exaggerated and the handling of it even more formidable, the growing up physically having made it more complicated both for the parents and for the child.Even though the situation indicated above has been true, it is usually difficult to persuade the parents to come in for help. They are most elusive and seem to hope that the child will outgrow the problem or that some other miracle will happen to

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