Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

What Is 'Affluenza'?

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

What Is 'Affluenza'?

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WHAT IS AFFLUENZA?

The term was used by a psychologist testifying for the defense during the sentencing phase of Ethan Couch's trial in juvenile court. The expert argued that Couch's wealthy parents had coddled and pampered their son into a sense of irresponsibility a condition the expert termed "affluenza" to the point that Couch never developed a sense of right and wrong, or suffered any repercussions for bad behavior.

WHAT DO MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS THINK?

Affluenza is not recognized as a medical diagnosis by the American Psychiatric Association, and its invocation during Couch's trial attracted backlash from medical experts and families of the people killed in the crash. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, published by the association, is used by mental health professionals and makes no mention of affluenza. …

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