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Psychological help for kids if parents need help 
8th-Aug-2011 06:38 pm
 Poll #xxxx Psychological Help For Children With Troubled Parents
Poll #1768197 Psychological Help For Children With Troubled Parents

Do you think it makes sense to get help(anger management, etc) for an extremely misbehaved child if the child's father needs the same kind of help?(assume it's not possible to get help for the father; would the child benefit from getting help anyway?)

Yes
35(97.2%)
No
1(2.8%)
Feel free to answer in comments if you can't choose yes or no, or want to provide reasons for your answer. 
Comments 
8th-Aug-2011 11:40 pm (UTC)
Hm... if the child has the same issue as the father? If the father lives with the child and he has issues he clearly needs help for, the kid probably will end up needing it.
8th-Aug-2011 11:49 pm (UTC)
Yes, assume the child learned violent and irrational behavior from his father, and still lived with the father. Would it help the child to seek counseling if the father was not seeking counseling himself?

That's the question.

Ps- I like your userpic :)
9th-Aug-2011 03:10 pm (UTC)
Put this in the context of any sort of other criteria other than psychological ("does it make sense for a child with cancer to get treatment, even if the father has cancer and doesn't want to do anything about it") and it becomes plainly obvious EXCEPT that the child is labeled as "extremely misbehaved" rather than suffering from the same ill as the father. What you do not want to do is prescriptively act on the basis that the apple does not fall far from the tree. I've been there. It's no fun.

Problems often run in families, so it's reasonable to think that, if a father has an issue with his temper, a child will as well. But misbehavior has many sources. Try to make as objective an assessment as possible regarding the child.
10th-Aug-2011 08:07 am (UTC) - RE
Hmm, well..I guess I wasn't detailed enough. I meant if the child were to continue living with the dad, in a terrible, horrible environment where the kid was being severely physically and emotionally abused constantly, then would getting help for the child even matter, or would it not really have much of an effect, considering the home situation?

I really appreciate your reply, but I didn't think the cancer analogy was really appropriate, because in the case of cancer, then the answer is just crystal clear. But with the issue I'm talking about, it's slightly foggy. (But once again, I wasn't clear to begin with.)

I agree though that getting help for the child would probably be a good idea anyway. I mean, I guess it couldn't hurt to try it out.
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