321 Leaving the Nest?: The “Bungee Family” as the New Normal
Friday Afternoon Only
Thirty years ago, in the wake of Jay Haley’s influential book, Leaving Home, family treatment with late adolescents in the home focused on getting them out of the “nest". . .
reflecting the belief that maturity was synonymous with separation. In today’s harsher economy, not only are young adults and their parents living together for much longer than they did 20 years ago, but generational/hierarchical lines have blurred. In this workshop, we’ll explore the changing economic, social, and psychological functions of today’s family life and what we can do to help families develop the skills to make this new structure work. We’ll discuss how this paradigm shift may encourage loving ties, strengthen families, and enhance the transition to adulthood, and explore ways to celebrate and support the experience of protracted connection between the adult and young adult generations.
Martha Straus, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology at Antioch University New England and adjunct instructor in psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School, is the author of No-Talk Therapy for Children and Adolescents and Adolescent Girls in Crisis: Intervention and Hope.