The term affluenza is used to mean upper class parents who use their money and influence to get their child out of trouble, to say their child is above the law, or that rules do not apply to their children. The "condition" is not found in the DSM and is not recognized by the mental health community as an actual mental health disorder.
I know many kids from lower socio economic families who have similar parents. They do not hold their children responsible, they fight to get them out of all kinds of trouble, and they believe their child should not be accountable. Yet the main difference is money.
I have seen first hand where kids from more affluent homes are not charged with crimes or the school let them off with a lesser punishment. On the other hand kids from poor backgrounds, regardless of how the parent tries to get them out of it, are nailed to the wall. Sometimes given harsher punishments than what was actually called for.
Do you think that poor kids can "suffer" the same condition but without the money part? Do you think think having money goes a long way in what kinds of services, treatment, and consequences are offered? Should there be this double standard?
I remember the news story where two kids, both around age seven, stole cars from their parents. Joy ride. One was white and had money. It was laughed at as a good story. The other was black from a poor family and he was actually taken to juvenile court. There does seem to be a different standard.
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First, "affluenza" is just a term coined by a defense team (to include some mental health person). Second, a person who, without a shadow of a doubt, killed four people and was sentenced to probation because of a made up condition. I weep for humanity and the justice system that accepted that defense.
Second, if you're truly interested in the HUGE disparity between the poor and the rich with regard to the penal system there are some very good resources out there:
Bobo, Lawrence D., Victor Thompson. 2006. “Unfair By Design: The War on Drugs, Race, and the Legitimacy of the Criminal Justice System.” Social Research 73: 445-472.
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