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Journalist Examines 'Tough Love' Back-To-Nature Programs


Sometimes, people reach the end of the rope in trying to live with another person.

When the other person is a troubled young adult, "tough love" becomes a more palatable option. The choices to stop a cycle of destructive behavior can include the behavior modification programs billed as wilderness excursions or similar tags.

Kenneth Rosen was taken into one himself, and found some serious problems with it. Now a fully-grown journalist, he interviewed more than 100 people for his book Troubled: The Failed Promise of America’s Behavioral Treatment Programs.

The book follows four young people through their experiences in "camps" meant to change their behavior, and quickly. The author joins us with an overview of what he wrote about.

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