Failure to launch


“Failure to launch” syndrome is an unofficial name for a common problem seen among young adults. In short, it can be defined as the inability, either from desire or lack of preparation, to leave home and begin a journey toward self-supported life.

Young adults who suffer from failure to launch syndrome may show the following characteristics: low tolerance for distress, low levels of motivation, low levels of persistence, failure to take responsibility when appropriate, narcissism, high expectations of others without reciprocating, lack of vision for the future or long term goals, and lack of skills needed for adulthood, like basic cooking and cleaning skills.

The reasons for young adults failing to launch are countless and generally cannot be pinned on one factor. Reasons may include: our nation's weak economy, a failing or unsuccessful run at college, laziness, drug and or alcohol addiction, or parenting factors such as parents who are overbearing or overprotective.

Family members mem.bers


The Mayo Clinic describes family therapy as Family therapy is a type of psychological counseling (psychotherapy) that helps family members improve communication and resolve conflicts.

Family therapy is used as a short-term treatment. A session may include all family members or just part of the family, depending on the issues and willingness of household members. The mission of family therapy professionals is to restore families and repair their damaged relationships.

Parents of troubled teens and troubled young adults can primarily benefit from family therapy. This is because troubled young people often put a strain on all family dynamics among all members. Furthermore, troubled adolescents often alienate themselves from their families, leaving parents in a state of dismay and leaving their respective family members hopeless as to what they can do to offer help to the adolescent. By participating in family therapy, strained relationships and family dynamics can be restored. Family members can learn new strategies in terms of providing support to the troubled adolescent, assisting them in their time of need. Family support perpetuates the treatment a troubled youth may have learned while enrolled in treatment. This ultimately ensures that the troubled teen can continue growing, further distancing themselves from their troubled past.

Family support / sup.port

Family support refers to a families ability to support and assist each other in overcoming adversity. Family support proves to be a fundamental factor in the therapeutic, behavioral and emotional restoration of a troubled teen.

During adolescence, a teenage son or daughter may stray from the path, so to speak, while simultaneously ignoring the love and support from family members. Consequently, teens alienate themselves from their families. Feeling estranged from loved ones, adolescents may then display out of control behaviors. A teen such as this, is often stigmatized as a troubled teen, or troubled adolescent.

As frustrating and daunting it may be at times, it is crucial for family members to support a troubled teenage boy or girl during this time of need. During this, often tumultuous and chaotic venture, it is vital for parents to not fall victim to helplessness, but instead, support their child by locating therapeutic treatment, as this will lead to promoting therapeutic wellness within the troubled child.

Family therapy

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Family therapy is a branch of psychotherapy that treats families and assists them in encouraging change and development. This therapy tends to view change in terms of the systems of interaction between family members. Family therapy emphasizes family relationships as an important foundation in supporting and enabling therapeutic wellness.

Family therapy is designed to address specific issues that affect the psychological health of the family. Family therapy contends that the internal dynamics of the family can produce and sustain problematic behaviors in family members. Therefore, by promoting change within the inner dynamics of a family, this type of therapy is able to restore therapeutic wellness within the family unit.

Family therapy addresses underlying, family issues (communication problems, interpersonal conflicts, behavioral issues in adolescents). By recognizing the fundamental issues that are causing disorder, family members are able to effectively work towards recovery as a supportive and cohesive entity, as opposed to striving for therapeutic wellness as individuals.

Family-style environment programs


Family-style environment programs for troubled teens are family-style treatment programs that recreate a home-like environment, Supporting children and families to reach optimum growth, independence and joy.

Programs that implement a family-styled environment, are effective and resourceful, for a many reasons. Firstly, these programs provide psychiatric assistance to troubled teens, while maintaining a comfortable and safe environment, feel for teens. The more relaxed and comfortable a suffering teen is, the more available they will be to receive effective treatment. 

Family-style environments have additional, simulative affects as well. A troubled teen who partakes in the psychiatric treatments of  family-styled facility, will learn invaluable lessons on how to appropriately deal with stressful situations, differences with others, and properly express their emotions.

Fundamental skills / skills

The Psychology Dictionary defines fundamental skills: the ability needed to perform a task or understand an idea. 2. The basic ability necessary to function competently in society. Skills are reading, writing, mathematics and communication.

Fundamental skills are rudimentary abilities essential for living a basic, functioning life. Fundamental, of course, describes the bare essentials of an entity. Without a fundamental foundation, nothing can come to fruition. Furthermore, without fundamental, rudimentary skills, an individual cannot effectively navigate through life, as they lack the basic abilities to do so.

Troubled teens will sometimes struggle, because they lack certain fundamental skills, making it impossible to achieve any type of substantial success. Troubled tees who lack the fundamental abilities to accurately control their emotions, abstain from acting on impulse, or even adhering to society's most reasonable boundaries, are living a dangerous, chaotic lifestyle. If left unchecked, this lifestyle will ultimately result in utter destruction, or at best, unwavering mediocrity.