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November 5, 1955

Adolescent Development

JAMA. 1955;159(10):1075. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960270095039

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This revision of the first edition, intended as a textbook, presents a general picture of adolescence, with discussion of the impact of social, emotional, sexual, and other physical problems on the individual in the conduct of his daily life. Although the volume includes a large bibliography and a list of audio-visual aids, the body of the text emphasizes much recent research material of a general character, especially that "relating to the effects of physical changes on attitudes and behavior, social acceptability, the influence of social class as a determinant of behavior, juvenile delinquency, and new trends in courtship behavior." The chapter dealing with family relationships should be of exceptional interest to parents who are confronted with the problems of adolescence within their own home. Indeed, the style of presentation throughout the book is interesting and readable. This gives the volume real value as a reference text for those not trained

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