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Meltzer, D. (1973). Chapter Five: The Psychopathology of Adolescence. Adolescence: Talks and Papers by Donald Meltzer and Martha Harris, 61-74.
    

Meltzer, D. (1973). Chapter Five: The Psychopathology of Adolescence. Adolescence: Talks and Papers by Donald Meltzer and Martha Harris , 61-74

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Donald Meltzer

Adolescence can be viewed from a certain perspective as a place where we have been and which we have passed through during a phase of our lives. We are still trying to understand what happened at the time. We have seen the four “communities” within which the adolescent moves: the adolescent community; the family and the parents; the isolated adolescent; how the adolescent feels about the adult world which he desires to enter; and the continuous movement between these communities. As I have said, the individual usually moves between these four communities and eventually finds the path which proves to be the way out. I will now try to describe the psychopathological characteristics of an adolescent representative of each these four communities, bearing in mind the risk that he or she runs of remaining in a fixed position and not being able to emerge from it.

First I shall consider the adolescent who tries to remain within the family; then the adolescent who tries to make a rapid entry

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1 A seminar given in Novara in 1973, published in Quaderni di Psicoterapia Infantile no. 1 (1975), edited by C. Brutti and F. Scotti, pp. 62-78; translated by Consuelo Hackney.

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