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May 24, 1947

Teen Days: A Book for Boys and Girls

JAMA. 1947;134(4):405. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880210083032

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This small volume is intended not only for teen agers but for parents and teachers as well. The primary purpose of the author is to allay the fears and uncertainties of this period of life through a more profound appreciation and understanding of adolescence as a transitional stage involving rapid growth and development. The physical, biologic and emotional changes which are apt to be puzzling and disturbing both to the children and to their parents are discussed, with emphasis on individual differences. The book presents a fairly complete picture of the problems of adolescence and at the same time avoids a too detailed discussion of specific subjects. The discriminating choice of material and informal manner of presentation indicate the author's intimate knowledge of teen agers and the questions they are most likely to ask about themselves and their relationships with others.

Detracting from the value of the book are many

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