A family and community approach to stealing
Ingamells, Kay; Epston, David
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Citation:Ingamells, K., and Epston, D. (2013). A family and community approach to stealing. Journal of systemic therapies, 32 (1), 43-56.
Permanent link to Research Bank record:http://hdl.handle.net/10652/2663
Stealing, a common problem of childhood and adolescence, is often regarded as an expression of distress and is associated with parental “distance” and family breakups, especially in older children (Patterson 1982, p. 263). This article tells the story of family therapy work with a New Zealand Indian family whose son’s stealing habit followed the family from India to their new life in New Zealand. It illustrates a family and community approach to stealing developed by David Epston and Fred Seymour (Epston & Seymour, 2008; Seymour & Epston, 1992). Detailed accounts of therapy are relatively rare in the literature on conduct problems (Hawes, 2011, p. 410).