My own personal view, as a magistrate, is that our society intervenes far too late in the process of antisocial behavior as this develops in children. It is much easier, and more viable, to make rules in the home and at school and enforce these, than to try rehabilitation programs on adults whose lives have been ruined by society's unwillingness to get involved until it is too late for the life habit of crime to be reversed.
-- MAGISTRATE SYBIL B. G. EYSENCK, 19891
Whether we are judges, lawyers, social workers, or mental health professionals, all of us feel the frustrations of trying to intervene in the lives of children after they have been damaged by incompetent Parenting. We know that the severity and the prevalence of that damage is far beyond the scope of professional solutions. And we have a responsibility to convey that awareness to the public. The solutions lie in changing the values of our society not in professional services.
As the previous chapter revealed, the most important determinant of competent adult citizenship is the formation during early life of affectionate attachment bonds between parents and children. In contrast, the failure of individuals to form affectionate bonds has dire