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Chris: The “crazy” kid as a family hero

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A case is discussed of an eleven-year-old “schizophrenic” male who had made a conscious decision several years earlier to act crazy to keep his parents from fighting and divorcing. A relabeling of his “crazy” behavior as that of a “family hero” was a first step in releasing him from marital difficulties and beginning to return him to a “normal” life.

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McHolland, J.D. Chris: The “crazy” kid as a family hero. International Journal of Family Therapy 4, 114–122 (1982). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00924521

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