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Transactional analysis has been a useful tool for the researcher in categorizing these characteristics. Using it, he was able to recognize both commonalities and differences between types of problem adolescents. The purpose of this thesis is to examine the life scripts of problem adolescents of selected institutions to determine what the commonalities are within and between the categories of injunctions, counter injunctions, basic positions, rackets, games, decisions, programs of life course, and treatment contracts.
The purpose and problem are embodied in four basic questions: (1) Do commonalities exist in the categories of injunctions, counter injunctions, basic positions, rackets, games, decision, programs of life course and treatment contracts?; (2) What are the most prevalent commonalities within each category? Example: What is the most common injunction?; (3) What are the commonalities between categories? Example: What is the most common game when the injunction is “Don’t get close?”; and (4) What are the commonalities among total life scripts? Calude Steiner categorizes the alcoholic into three main types: “drunk proud,” “lush,” and “wino;” is it possible to categorize adolescent delinquents into similar personality patterns.
Brigham, David L.. (1976). An exploratory study into the commonalities of the life scripts of adolescent delinquents in selected institutions. University of the Pacific, Thesis. https://scholarlycommons.pacific.edu/uop_etds/1907
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