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January 30, 1954

Understanding Boys

JAMA. 1954;154(5):458. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940390082037

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A nonmedical writer has written about the problems of growing up. This is directed to adults who are the parents or friends of boys, in order that they may have a better insight into the physical, social, and emotional growth patterns characteristic of boys between birth and maturity. Girls are mentioned only as they fit into these patterns of adolescence. It is reasonable that the author should concentrate on boys because of his experience in the group work activities of the Y. M. C. A. The material is reasonably accurate though elementary; it is presented in a pleasing manner but is repetitious. After following the boys' physical, mental, social, and emotional growth independently, the author proceeds to develop these in parallel for various age periods. Because of the repetition, this book is useful chiefly as a reference work for picking up ideas about the problems of boys of a particular

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